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Yes, the idea of progress as a straight line is silly, it's like a tree that goes into all directions. All we can do is make progress along a certain route of branches, at the exclusion of others; for every door opened, countless doors close.

To be able to gauge how "well" we're doing, how "good" our progress is, we would have to compare with all other branches we could have ended up on by now, and that is not possible.




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