“Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.” — Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), Norwegian adventurer.

They call it progress.

We used to have a bar of soap; now we have a huge array of cleansers and gels and liquids that fill rows and rows of supermarket shelves. Progress.

We used to have cars that you would use to take you from one place to the next; now we have cars that not only take you from one place to the next, but they play your favourite music, let you answer your phone, navigate for you, apply the brakes for you; but if you have a puncture, you wouldn’t have a clue how to find the tools or to change the wheel if you wanted to … oh, there’s no spare wheel anyway. Progress.

Can you think of other ways in which life has become far more complicated in the name of progress?

Coming soon – #ThursdayThought booklet, with a collection of quotes.