Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Looking back thousand years from now
I can't help but imagine that our age will be a joke giggled at by school children. And a bad joke at that. While we look down as intellectual giants and scoff at those we consider to be cognitive dwarfs who came before us, I think that the joke, in the end, will be on us. I can't help but think people will look at the majesty and brilliance of the intellectual revolutions of the West, from preserving the knowledge of antiquity in the monasteries of northern Europe, to the intellectual movements of the High Middle Ages, to the enlightenment and scientific revolution, and wonder, "How the hell did it come down to that?"