Here is the full quote:
"The Ministry of Magic has always considered the education of young witches and wizards to be of vital importance.The rare gifts with which you were born may come to nothing if not nurtured and honed by careful instruction. The ancient skills unique to the wizarding community must be passed down the generations lest we lose them for ever. The treasure trove of magical knowledge amassed by our ancestors must be guarded, replenished and polished by those who have been called to the noble profession of teaching.Every headmaster and headmistress of Hogwarts has brought something new to the wheighty task of governing this historic school, and that is as it should be, for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress's sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation because some changes will be for the better, while others will come, in the fullness of time, to be recognised as errors of judgement. Meanwhile, some old habits will be retained, and rightly so, whereas others, outmoded and outworn, must be abandoned. Let us move forward, then, into a new era of openness, effectiveness and accountability, intent on preserving what ought to be preserved, perfecting what needs to be perfected, and pruning wherever we find practices that ought to be prohibited."
I remember reading this when I was younger but not quite understanding what she was saying. I also remember Hermione expressing her displeasure at the statement.
My question is; Do you think that there is any truth to what Dolores Umbridge had to say, and by extension, perhaps, what Voldermort was ultimately trying to do?
"Progress for progresses sake must be discouraged."-I'm starting to see the logic behind that..keep in mind that this isn't asserting progress must be discouraged..but rather the motivation behind the progress, i.e "for the sake of progress", should be discouraged.
Progress, I guess, should have a "point", otherwise is it really progress? Or just "morphing stagnation"??
And yeah yeah, I'm a nerd...