At the moment so much human endeavour is focused on ‘more’: more GDP, more profits for businesses, more consumer items, and this drive towards ‘more’ is causing us to massively overuse our resources and pollute our environment. So we actually need to focus on deeply fundamental questions like ‘What is happiness, what is human wellbeing?’, and we need to reorganise our global system in a way that we can manage with far less and still be just as happy and healthy.
It is a universal maxim that if someone goes to the trouble of printing something on a T-shirt, then it is almost definitely not a hundred percent untrue, which is to say that it is more than likely fairly definitely not altogether false.
Neal Stephenson: Termination Shock
Manchmal kommt es vor, dass jemand auf gewaltige Weise recht hat und dass dieses Rechthaben jede Antwort überflüssig macht. Es unterbricht den ewigen Kreislauf des Einerseits-Andererseits. Eine geradezu himmlische Ruhe tritt ein.
Juli Zeh: Corpus Delicti
And the truth is that anyone can clearly see that humanity is split into two categories of individuals with manifestly different clothes, faces, bodies, smiles, movements, interests, and occupations; these differences are perhaps superficial; perhaps they are destined to disappear. What is certain is that for the moment they exist in a strikingly obvious way.
Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex
The major difference is in the world, not the arguments. In a time where actual conspiracies are commonplace, conspiracy theories acquire a ring of plausibility.
We have always had disagreements about what’s true, but today, we have a disagreement over how we know whether something is true. This is an epistemological crisis, not a crisis over belief.