We fashionable individuals assume we’re fairly good. We stay in an age that put males on the moon, landed rovers on Mars, and fired a telescope into house that may see 13 billion lightyears into the previous. We’ve created supercomputers that carry out a quintillion calculations per second and electron microscopes that observe the world at an atomic degree.
And but, regardless of our intelligence, we are able to nonetheless be fairly ignorant. Our expertise fools us into considering extra extremely of ourselves than we must. As an alternative of performing with humility about how far society has come, we’ve developed a fairly smug opinion of ourselves. We’re so assured in how proper we’re – about just about every little thing – that we cancel anybody who disagrees with us.
However earlier than we put our arm out of joint patting ourselves on the again, perhaps we should always rethink our place in historical past. 100 years from now individuals most likely gained’t take into account this era as good as we do. Our expertise and social constructs will possible appear as odd to future generations as previous concepts now appear to us. Which suggests future Individuals will most actually decide us as harshly as we decide our ancestors.
My level is to be humble. Simply because we not journey bumpy trails in lined wagons, that doesn’t imply we’re superior to anybody – previous, or current. Nobody is ideal.
As good as we predict we’re, we’re not as good as we predict we’re.