Reading this excellent essay robs me of trust in my own judgement, recognising that most human actions are based on shallow and presumed premises. Further it tells me that society can’t easily overcome its deep and ever growing predicament. We are so far away from where we should be in intellectually understanding the consequences of our actions.
It reminds me of that famous quote: “If we live long enough we will see all our victories turn to defeat”.
But that’s too defeatist. We have little practical choice but to soldier on, equipping ourselves as best we can, and being prepared to admit over time where we didn’t get it quite right. We really need the wisdom of the elders so we don’t all have to mature just on our own wits.
Thanks so much for such an inspiring article.