Everybody in my personal life – all in their own discrete ways – keeps blabbering up about how clever mankind is, how intelligent we are. They say things like “mice didn’t invent the internet – we did. Cows didn’t invent railroads – we did. Dogs didn’t invent chairs & tables – we, mankind did.”
And there is, of course, no argument against this. We ARE the most intelligent beings that we know of on this planet.
But are we wise enough to carry this intelligent mind around? We invented tools to make life easier a couple of hundred thousand years ago, but were we wise enough not to take life from one another? We invented the flamethrower for the average poor farmer in the Middle East, not to make thousands of children fatherless in the Vietnam War & probably many other places as well.
We were intelligent enough to invent the nuclear bomb & planes carrying it, but with what intend? Was it wise to destroy entire families using just that?
Yes! We are very intelligent indeed. But are we wise enough?
I doubt it.
I’m glad to know that you’re sticking with me this far, and I hope you feel the same tension in your chest as I do thinking of this.