As I have said over and over again, I do not believe in progress. Well, I do not believe progress is good in itself – the same as I don’t believe in originality and tradition, and a great many similar concepts. I don’t think being new or old makes something inherently good. Both old and new things can be good, bad, neutral, unfortunate, irrelevant. Their age has nothing to do with it.
But at the same time I do believe strongly in trying new things. They may not be good; they can, in fact, be anything from destructive through average to the best experiences ever. But on some level even some of the darkest – not all, of course, there are things that bring nothing light into our lives – experiences can teach us something and can be worth giving them a go.
And here’s why. [Read more…]