This is probably the most attractive of all human activities. Which is just another way of saying we are extremely social beings. But much of our socializing is not productive – and is destructive instead.
This has been true throughout history – but has gotten worse in our own time. When time has been concentrated, and so much is happening at once. But, at the same time – when people are aware of little.
The reason will be clear to you – we have done such a bad job of running our lives – that we are ashamed of our ourselves.
The solution will also be clear to you – we have to recognize this, and start over.
Lots of people have been doing this in lots of ways – but I don’t think they have been blunt enough. They haven’t said “Our problem is that we hate ourselves!” This is a hard pill to swallow, and we haven’t swallowed it.
Perhaps if we backed off, and took it one step at a time – it would be easier. But we would have to take History seriously – and believe it can teach us something.
We would have to go back to our last big breakthrough – the arrival of the Modern World. And take a good look at it. We will see a mirror-image of ourselves. Our strengths and our weaknesses. And one of these strengths was the invention of the Printing Press – and also the Paper to print on.
To put this in contemporary terms – this caused an Information Explosion. And changed us completely.
We could not predict the effects of this technology – we never can – we just rushed to use it – assuming that the future would somehow take care of itself. The future did take care of itself – and our world changed entirely.
Still, for hundreds of years, we rushed on at an ever-increasing pace – not pausing to get our breaths and look around us. If we did look around, we would we see what a strange world we are in – and maybe changed our ways.
To summarize – we are in a frenzy of innovation – trying to change ourselves much faster that we can possibly change. And, as a result, things have broken down. And we find ourselves living in the wreckage of our past.