On the shoulders of giants…..

There comes a point where the more knowledge we as a society have accumulated, the less we as individuals know and understand to the point that the momentum of the past is misread as the success and right of the present.  This is the inflection point and we have probably passed it.

I am just in the midst of writing a blog post on asset allocation.  In this post I will indirectly refer to the “air headedness” of the human race and the debt we owe to the great thinkers and individuals of the past.  

But I want to extend this thought: as a society we have reached a point where the complexity of the world has grown well beyond our ability to comprehend and manage, although we are oblivious to all this.  The actions of the many begin to outweigh the accumulated weight and impact of the few.

Unfortunately we measure our ability, knowledge and sophistication by the measure of all our achievements, technology, wealth and thought, when in fact at any one point in time man is but a sliver of this babel he has produced.  We literally are standing on the shoulders of giants and this world that has grown so large is teetering on the edge of these shoulders.  

In ignorance of the limits of our knowledge we pretend to know more than we do and are placing burdens too great to bear on our social, financial, technological and economic framework.

As a society we should be measured by our actual ability and to differentiate this from all that we take for granted.  Virtue is to be aware of our ignorance for ignorance ignored is a dangerous beast: to believe that all our thoughts, by virtue of their existence, are grounded in the wisdom of the history of man is folly, and that I believe is where we are at. 

There comes a point where the more knowledge we as a society have accumulated, the less we as individuals know and understand to the point that the momentum of the past is misread as the success and right of the present.

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