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On the drive up north for an appt. this morning I was thinking about knowledge and all the things we built with it - the vast concrete corridors that crisscross the nation I live in - the technologically amazing vehicles that navigate them, the alloys they are composed of, we've come a long way from Babylon, itself a far cry from the caves we painted. None of what follows is intended to minimize all of the considerable good that we have achieved.

And yet I look around at some of the hell that followed it, like nuclear bombs, massive pollution, and overpopulation. And since I'm posting this on the Internet it's only fair I address the medium: Right now we're staring down the business end of some bad choices we've made collectively with respect to privacy and with respect to national discourse (in the UK and the US at least that I've noticed) if not caused by the Internet then exacerbated by it.

And all of this makes me wonder if knowledge by itself is sufficient to continue human advancement. What about wisdom? I think we need it in conjunction with knowledge to achieve understanding. Just because we can do things doesn't necessarily mean we should. Just because we have the technology doesn't mean we won't harm ourselves with it, and the more powerful it is, the more damage it can do.

How do we move forward wisely? The more we advance in knowledge and the technology that follows, the more we need that wisdom, and looking around lately I feel like it's sorely lacking. It feels like the west is losing the plot, and the tech feels like part of why.

Knowledge is not a neutral thing. Nor is it necessarily all good. It is a complicated, useful and dangerous thing to have, all depending on how you employ it, which I think is where wisdom comes in. Are we getting more wise, or just more knowledgeable?
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