68 STASHED IDEAS
A seductive belief throughout history is people expecting an idealized world where you demand perfection and assume that having little tolerance for error, variability, and disagreement is an asset.
Assuming history is a guide to the future, when in reality, “things that have never happened before happen all the time,” as Scott Sagan says.
Extreme adherence to a specific worldview in a world that changes all the time.
Underestimating the odds of disaster because it’s comforting to assume things will keep functioning the way they’ve always functioned.
From Descartes’s skepticism came the radical belief that the individual seeking certainty trumped a God or king bestowing truth. The resulting Enlightenment, of course, led to the concept of human rights and freed many from oppression.
[F]or all its good in the political arena, in the domain of the metaphysical this thinking stripped the world of the order and sacredness essential to creating meaning. In a post-Enlightenment world we have tasked ourselves to identify what’s meaningful and what’s not, an exercise that can seem arbitrary and induce a creeping nihilism.
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