A little practical philosophy** from the remarkable, on many levels, CS Lewis. Applicable to almost any situation. Try it.
We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world, it’s pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We’re on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.
**As ever, there is a biblical connection. It depends on what you prefer, but the most poetic translation of Jeremiah 6:16 is a beauty: Put yourselves on the ways of long ago and enquire about the ancient paths: which was the good way? Take it then and you shall find rest. Which is 2,600 year old wisdom with a universal application