We are living in a point in time of our evolution where the amount and quality of problems we are facing are existential in nature or, that is, they are pointing towards gloomy scenarios of auto-destruction.
...we are constantly going through y-points and missing opportunities to restore sanity and get back on the right track.
Our present-day culture is, unfortunately, lacking the wisdom and the insights to deal with the massive changes we are moving into. Our technological advancement is outpacing our growth in knowledge and wisdom, and our models of reality are failing us big time.
Another way of looking at it is that there is a dissonance between our changing world and how we are mapping it internally.
This is what is creating a series of crises in the world we know today.
You see, when an intelligent and adaptive system experiences a mismatch between its environment and its internal model of reality, a crisis will always emerge, prompting the system to self-organize in a way to restore equilibrium and balance.
This is exactly what we are facing right now but our decreasing ability to make sense of the world is one of the biggest obstacles towards slowing down our own demise and restoring balance.
The idea that there is a big lack in our sense-making and why this is the biggest driver of the existential problems we are facing today is also an argument championed by Daniel Schmachtenberger and Jordan Greenhall.
I would highly recommend listening to their podcast interview if you want to go further into the topic beyond this article.
The focus of this article is, in fact, the lack of sense-making, what I believe are some of its causes, and some ideas about possible future scenarios that can help us get out of this growing momentum towards self-destruction.