Maybe not up everyone’s alley but it’s a good summation of my feelings about human civilization:
I imagine 500 years ago, the Aztec ruler-to-be assured his subjects “I believe in Tlaloc. I have always believed in Tlaloc. I believe in motherhood, Tlaloc, and infant sacrifice, all the traditional values. When we get a drought, tradition teaches us that we must flay a ritual sacrificial victim alive and perform a sacred dance in his bleeding skin, and I believe in those traditional family values…”
Humans are murderous primates, Doug. The human brain is a tiny little blob of frontal cortex on top of a great big mountain of lizard brain. 99% of human behaviour and beliefs are wildly irrational, and always will be.
Robin Hanson said it best in his essay What is reasoning for?
Human rationality did not evolve in order to solve differential equations. That’s an epiphenomenon of little consequence. Human rationality evolved in order to invent ingenious ways of justifying crazy primate behavior to the rest of the tribe of murderous primates.