Behind the boasted boasted western slogan of " Progress of Civilisation " Vivekananda foresaw one hundred years earlier, a mere " successful accomplishment of the desired object by making the end justify the means ". Only money making or mere utilitarian goals cannot be the goal of any society.
" Utilitarian Standards cannot explain the ethical relations of men. Why should we do well ? Doing good is a secondary consideration. We must have an ideal. Ethics itself is not the end. If the end is not there, why should we be ethical ? " " The present day civilisation of the West is multiplying day by day only the want and distresses of men."
" If the power to satisfy our desires is increased in arithmetical progression, the power of desire is increased in geometrical progression. "
In America he said:
You may have build two thousand hospitals, built fifty thousand roads, yet what of that, if you have not realized that you are the spirit ? You die a dog's death, with the same feelings that the dog does. The dog howls and weeps because he knows that he is only matter and he is going to be dissolved. "
- Swami Vivekananda
From Book: PROPHET AND PATHFINDER