A Paradoxical World

"Nowadays we live in a world that is paradoxical. We pursue happiness and it leads to resentment and it leads to unhappiness. And it leads, in fact, to an explosion of mental illness. We pursue freedom, but we now live in a world which is more monitored by closed-circuit TV cameras and our daily lives are more subjected to what de Tocqueville called "a network of small, complicated rules that cover the surface of life and strangle freedom." More information. We have it in spades, but we get less and less able to use it to understand, to be wise. There's a paradoxical relationship between adversity and fulfilment, between restraint and freedom, between the knowledge of the parts and wisdom about the whole."

~ Iain McGilchrist

Watch the full lecture from RSA.