Albert Einstein lived between 1879 and 1955 and yet this quote is probably more fitting today than on the day he originally said it:
“There’s been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there’s another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe.”
Turn on any news program, visit any related site online or step foot outside you very own door and chances are you won’t have to look far to witness the “catastrophe” Einstein is speaking of.
It’s the year 2016, and I won’t argue that our society has made quantum leaps in technology – many of which I admittedly utilize on a daily basis with much satisfaction.
But while technology has progressed in leaps and bounds, humanity has not.
The reason? Simply put, humanity doesn’t look upon a struggling society and see problems, all they really see are themselves.
When your only interest lies in how something will alter your reality, you rarely see the impact your actions and behaviors will have on everyone around you. When we choose to ignore a problem rather than accept it and deal with it, how can we ever expect a viable solution to show its face?
G.K. Chesterton echoes my sentiments: “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”
And if we can’t see the problem, Einstein’s fears might just come true. Maybe they already have.