It seems as if we have unleashed powers that are beyond us, that we have opened the genie’s bottle and maybe we shouldn’t have.
There’s some truth to that. However, what is often missed is that the forces that are driving our volatile world were let loose long ago. In fact, they were always there, but we were led to think they weren’t by notions of great men who, for all their brilliance, turned out to have been mistaken in some important ways. In the end, we’re better off for it.
In the ancient world, man cowered at the forces of nature. He prayed to Gods for help and guidance and then accepted what befell him, be it feast or famine. Civilization’s primary accomplishment has been to allow him to master those forces, shape his environment and determine his destiny.