The Ultimate Contradiction

Mike Minter | August 8, 2014


For the past 40 years I’ve pastored a church in the D.C. Metropolitan area. I have shepherded experts in their fields—people far smarter and more educated than I am—who are authorities in areas such as medicine, politics, economics, foreign affairs, and technology. Washington, D.C., attracts some of the world’s brightest, and I never cease to be amazed at what they accomplish or the exponential strides and advancements they help humankind achieve.

Our knowledge of medicine has eradicated many diseases, while technological advances have afforded us the ability to communicate in ways never imagined by our forebears. Lavish entertainment options help take the edge off a hard day at the office while nearly endless product lines promise to meet every felt need.

Humankind's knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate, and since knowledge is leveraged to solve problems, our problems should be shrinking. But that’s not the case. The reality is that our problems are increasing along with our knowledge, a phenomenon I call the “Ultimate Contradiction.”

Options, Entertainment, and Issues

Our increase in knowledge often expands our options. What once seemed like a blessing of abundance can actually paralyze our decision-making. We lie awake at night wondering which of 1,500…


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