In some remote corner of the universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever animals invented Knowledge. It was the most arrogant and untruthful minute of “world history,” but still only a minute. When nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and solidified and thus the clever animals died. It was time too, for although they prided themselves on knowing a lot, they had finally discovered, to their great annoyance, that they knew everything wrongly.They died and as they died, they cursed truth. That was the way of those desperate creatures. One could invent such a fable, but one would still not have adequately illustrated how pathetic, how shadowy and transient, how aimless and arbitrary the human intellect seems within nature. There were eternities during which it did not exist, and when it is gone nothing will have happened.For this intellect has no additional mission which would lead it beyond human life. It is human, and only its owner and creator takes it seriously–as if the hinges of the world turned on it.~~Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche is on point, acutely so. In layman’s terms, he is saying that we humans are full of shit. We think we know, but most of what we deal with in our lives is just “bullshit.” If you have never read Nietzsche before, read On Truth and Untruth to get you started. Take a look around – there are more than enough examples that illustrate his points perfectly. Sadly, the lies and delusions we’re buried in make up the story of our modern lives so in the end, as Nietzsche darkly projected, we’re cooked unless we drastically change.