Progress is a Spiral, Again


In the beginning of January, I posted a post on the idea of progress being a spiral see Progress is a Spiral. This idea is outlined in On Becoming Pottywise.

I am currently reading The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. To my surprise, progress is a spiral was mentioned by the character Clifford. I thought I would share:

“You are aware, my dear sir,–you must have observed it in your own experience,–that all human progress is in a circle; or, to use a more accurate and beautiful figure, in an ascending spiral curve. While we fancy ourselves going straight forward, and attaining, at every step, an entirely new position of affairs, we do actually return to something long ago tried and abandoned, but which we now find etherealized, refined, and perfected to its ideal.” (page 270)

I found that so interesting and wanted to share.

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4 thoughts on “Progress is a Spiral, Again”

  1. Hi, this comment is not in reference to this particular post, but I have a question. My daughter is 11 weeks old, and has just started sleeping all night. Last feeding at 7, with a 2 oz “topper” at 8:30 and then off to bed. She gets up about 7, and starts her day, eating every 4 hours. Well, she naps very well, except from 5-7 at night. She falls asleep fine, then wakes in about 45 min, and is very fussy. Tonight we are trying CIO, and I think she has finally gone back to sleep after about 25 min, but, I just wondered if this is the right direction to go in, or if you had any suggestions. Thanks so much, and thanks for your blog! You are a refreshing reference in what seems to be an anti babywise world, unfortuately!

  2. It is totally normal to have that short nap for the last nap of the day. I would just get her up and try to keep her distracted and entertained until it is time to eat. You could also try to put her down later for that nap (if she will do it) so you have less time after the nap before she needs to eat again. It is too bad to have so many people against Babywise–that is the reason I have created this blog, because there are a lot of people out there who love it!

  3. Thank you so much for your response, we’ll give that a try tonight, and see how it goes. I guess we’ll have to get creative on how to keep her awake and happy, but I am sure we can figure it out! 🙂 It is a shame that so many folks don’t understand BW, because I know I can say, as well you can, it has been the greatest thing to happen to our house. It is work, but I have found little in life that is worth anything that isn’t a bit of hard work! 🙂 Keep up the blog, it is a blessing to so many of us!


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