The human being has so much need to feel safe that sometimes he exaggerates his certainties. Many of them are just simple beliefs that are forming (and accumulating), and nothing has to confirm their veracity.
The problem becomes even more serious when, by expressing our certainties, we are simply showing blatant ignorance and naivety.
In a recent study (*) on the world’s major threats to humanity ignorance is one of them, being considered as serious or more than climate change or the danger of nuclear war. These data are, however, only possibilities because uncertainty dominates this type of material.
But let me confess to a very personal idea: if we face ‘ignorance’ as a serious threat to our global future, we can find it a great source of inspiration to fight against it and against the fundamentalist obscurantism that has been manifesting itself in recent time.
Nelson S Lima