The modern world has delivered the promise of great progress, but has also exacted a fierce price. That, in a nutshell, is the story of disenchantment. To my mind, this line of thought is neither truthful nor helpful.
On a recent visit to Denmark, I got to thinking about 3D printers. This was, of course, because of Billy Joel.
I love my smartphone’s high-tech tricks. They’re convenient time-savers. But mostly, if I’m being honest, it’s because they give make me feel like I’m living in a world that was still science fiction when I was a kid.
I may have clicked on one or two of those baits, or a few, or too many. But I’m still waiting for that promised earth-shattering revelation.
The cheery image of humanity projected by social media selfies isn’t an attempt to fool us into believing in the contentment myth; it’s how we want to see ourselves.