Monday, April 19, 2010

Knowledge & The Human Condition

The risks of making decisions with incomplete knowledge (there being no other kind) are part of the tragedy of the human condition. However, that has not stopped intellectuals from criticizing the inherent risks that turn out badly in everything from pharmaceutical drugs to military operations -- nor does it stop them from helping create a general atmosphere of unfulfillable expectations in which 'the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to' become a thousand bases for lawsuits. Without some sense of the tragedy of the human condition, it is all too easy to consider anything that goes wrong as being somebody's fault.

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