Every day, we are overwhelmed with answers aimed at making the world a better place. But the question is whether they are actually improving the world. Are we simply too far gone for these solutions to work? We have been racing to the future for decades, if not centuries, to find solutions. But what was the question, exactly? Or are we asking the appropriate questions? How can we be sure we’re answering correctly if the questions aren’t made clear? Looking back in time teaches us that the way we live now is not always the best way. Humans have discovered different ways to manage resources to create peace and happiness among their population over the last century. Technological and scientific evolution has solved problems from earlier periods.
However, while many people in the world today live in peace and happiness, we are now confronted with the problem of our own ignorance. The issue of our own ignorance arises from the recklessness with which we conduct our actions and acknowledge our resources. It is not knowledge but awareness of ignorance that truly liberates us from the chains that bind us to evil.
Carl Gustav Jung stated in a 1959 interview, “The only real danger that exists is man himself. And we are pitifully unknown of it. We know nothing of man, far too little. ” Is there a difference after 60 years? In what ways, if any, do our perspectives on man differ from those of 1959? In comparison to what we didn’t know, we still didn’t know nearly enough about humans to develop solutions to the underlying causes of problems. With such a limited mechanism and so little knowledge, asking the right questions is critical.
Today, it is more common to ask, “Is technology dangerous?” Rather than: “What is wrong with how we think about technology?” As a civilization, we have forgotten that the questions we ask are ultimately what lead us to the answers we seek. The key to human advancement toward the future starts with asking the right questions.