Progress is a trade
It’s easy to imagine that over there, just a few steps ahead, our problems will disappear.
Pessimists, of course, are sure that instead of disappearing, tomorrow will make things worse.
The truth is pretty simple: All we do, all we ever do, is trade one set of problems for another.
Problems are a feature. They’re the opportunity to see how we can productively move forward. Not to a world with no problems at all, but to a situation with different problems, ones that are worth dancing with.
HT to Gabe.