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September 2, 2006


Progressive -- means not fearing to loose old ways, and seeking better and new paths, towards progress.

I used to think that I am a pretty non-conventional thinker, and progressive on many fronts, but I recently found that I am not as progressive.

Such things you come to know about yourself when you are looking for marriage mates. The process involves analyzing where you have been so far, what you stand for, and where you want to go and what you want to be -- since the decision, which comes once in a lifetime, changes life forever. And we must know a lot abt ourself before making the plunge.

Does a sense of acheivement excite you most in life? Then you are likely to be progressive.

A nice quote about a non-progressive lifestyle:

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconcious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony.
- William Henry Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

Marwaris (an Indian community) are progressive on the money front (do what they can to get more money) and conservative on the family front.

Progressiveness is one imp characteristic that we should match in our lifemate.


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I would relate progressiveness with adaptability to the changing world. Sense of achivement, living simple life and following something without questioning are different things.

I think questioning is most important part of being progressive.

Progressiveness is "severly" a function of how you have grown up, how you have been treated and what you have been told is 'acceptable' and what is not.

If your dad has never changed his wrist-watch in his life-time, it is unlikely you will want 6 even when you can buy them. And even if you buy 2, you will realize that all you end up using is just 1.

More often than not, "having more than the other guy" drives what is apparently "progressiveness". Cheap, short-lived frills, unnecessary ego boosting and flaunting your possessions are other forms of "progressiveness".

There is a fine line.

(BTW, given is the URL of my most frequently updated blog, :-) )

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