What is the false premise?

The premise for our very existence is false, as we no longer are in contact with our transcendental source. When a civilization has lost touch with its higher purpose, is doomed. Thus, technological progress is mostly a compensation for our emotional, ethical and spiritual deficiency.

If we were really sane, progress would mean a greater life-awareness and morality.

Progress – to put it in Ekhart Tolle´s words -“has become intelligence in the service of madness.”
No mad man will ever admit he is mad. The same goes for our so-called civilization.