Progress, like freedom, is desired by nearly all men, but not all understand that both come at a cost.
Whenever society advances, be it in culture and education or science and technology, there is a rise in the requirements man must meet to function successfully.
The price of progress is acceptance of these more exacting standards of performance and relinquishment of familiar habits and conventions rendered obsolete because they no longer meet the new standards.
To move but one rung up the ladder of civilization, man must surpass himself. The simple life comes ‘naturally,’ the civilized life compels effort . . . That is the never-ending challenge.
– Admiral Hyman G. Rickover