Hubris

January 23, 2012

I watched the football conference championship games yesterday (I used to be a Giants fan, back in the days of Fran Tarkenton, Homer Jones, Pete Gogolak and Fred Dryer, and I live outside of Boston, so I can’t say I’m unhappy with the results).  So, I was watching TV.  There seems to be a commercial on that implies we can and need to “build a smarter world” — something like that, if not those exact words.  I understand pain avoidance and strategies pursuant thereto, I even understand greed and pleasure-seeking, but the goal of out-doing nature and the arrangement of forces in the universe I don’t understand.  Maybe I should take it as a polite way of saying somebody wants to make money from some activity and wants customers to support this, but the terms in which the overture is couched seem significant to me — people really like the idea that humans can build a “smarter” world.  The farthest I think I’m willing to go is that we try to maximize the positive and minimize the negative while we try to live in harmony with our world.

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