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“Progress should be the aim of any great society. People too often cling unnecessarily to obsolete w
“Progress should be the aim of any great society. People too often cling unnecessarily to obsolete ways of thinking and acting because of both a high comfort level and a fear of the unknown.”
Nowadays, big societies are measured, assessed and get respected by their economical progress, production, and benefit to the whole world. And those who still live in the past and don’t even seek an attempt to take a step and catch the fast-growing world, of course, are obnoxious societies, even to their own individuals. Many may argue that people are inclined to their own old traditions, cultures and being secure living the life they used to, but I believe that such intransigent people are no longer exist. Third World Countries already took an action and are moving forward to join the new era of the modern world. There are many compelling examples for such scenarios, either single individuals who made an unforeseeable remarkable feats as Martin Lutherking or big countries like Tukey, Malaysia, Singapore and many others...
To begin with, Turkey-the old land of the great Otthman empire, has been enervated in poverty, unstoppable military coups, inflation, unemployment and increased crime rate for decades. Turkish people wanted to make a difference and end this tragedy once and for all. This progress and development, albeit seemed unattainable, they managed to create the new Turkey we see now. There has been an on-going debate as to whether this unbelievable success is belonging to Mr. Erdogan or not! as far as I’m concerned I confess that Erdogan’s program had a deep effect on that success. However, without the willingness of his people, he wouldn’t be able to have such a comeback.
Another embodiment example is Singapore “The Lion city”. Mr. Lee, the country’s first prime minister is credited for transforming the island state from third world in 1960s to first by 1990s, from economical crisis, corruption, poverty and unenlightened state to the third highest economy in the world. His focus was on education and spending revenues generated from taxes on public education. I’d like to mention that again, without the tendentiousness of Singaporean people to pave their way and make a change, Lee’s efforts wouldn’t have the hoped-for benefit.
To shift to a great example of individual success, let’s consider that of Mr. Martin Luther King, America’s most influential civil rights activist. Lutherking wasn’t satisfied with the uncouth and injustice against black Americans. In 1955, Mrs. Rosa Park “mother of the civil rights war” was jailed for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Martin availed the situation and organized a peaceful boycott which lasted for many years till the declaration of the end of social segregation. Thanks to both of them.
In summary, it’s true that every single human being and society should seek to become a better version than that of yesterday and to get out of the comfort zone, otherwise many challenges and obstacles are yet to come. The historical examples of Turkey, Singapore and marvelous individuals like Martin Luther king and Rosa Park bear this out. All faced the difficult situations and took an action to increased modernization and development.