Mankind seems to be in an adolescent stage of development. The Scientific Revolution and subsequent Age of Reason gave us power we never dreamed of. Over a few short centuries we became like gods. We tamed lightning, we pierced the atom, we brought the fire of the sun down to Earth.
Like an adolescent boy who had become a man, suddenly we were so strong, so self-assured, so energized. Nothing could stop us, nothing could humble us, nothing was above us anymore. Our intellect had become so powerful that there seemed no use in anything else.
Mankind, the arrogant youth, stepped out into the open air and into the shining sun and was exalted. He had left the house of his father – he was finally free from the confines of tradition, culture, religion, and even history too. He was finally free from his father – the tyrannical old man God himself.
Now he would do things his way, the right way. His father, the old fool, had so many restrictions, so many limitations. The young man would build a new way, a new civilization free from the confines of religious superstition. This would be the age of Science and Reason, and all previous ages would be mere prelude.
The young man set about building a new house of his own. This would be the perfect structure, the perfect society. It would have no flaws, it would be built with the precision and certainty of mathematics and science, and would therefore be invulnerable.
But he knew little of building. He gave the house too weak a foundation, and built it on low ground. Soon the rain, and the thunder, and the storm waters came. His foundation cracked and black water rushed into the house.
Now, out in the elements – cold, afraid, alone – he cursed his father’s house that he had left, but secretly longed for its warmth and familiarity. On desperate days he even wandered back to the old place, but it was abandoned now and falling into disrepair.
He knew that there would be no going back. His childhood home was no more. He would have roof over his head no longer. If he got lost now there would be no one to save him. If he cried now there would be no one to hear him. He would have to find his own way.