We often say and believe that most people would not change a thing if they get to relive the past because it is truly blessed to be given the opportunities to learn the lessons of life. The harder the lessons, the more benefits it ultimately bestows, if one focuses on its positive aspects.
Through technological advancements we no longer rely on “rain dances” and we are better able to forecast weather from our scientific advancements, although we have a way to go with knowing when earthquakes will occur (but that day will come).
Psychology, evolved originally from philosophy back in barely over a short century ago, has come a long long way, since my days in colleges, and since even only a dozen years ago when I re-entered graduate school social psychology research. I am amazed by the advancements as I have continued to mine the golden trove of knowledge treasures. As the rapid development of internet technology spreading like wildfire, so are the advancements of our knowledge through the increasing abundance of super intellectual research scientists, socially and physically. Personally, I find it a gold mine when you have access to the wonderful work of all these passionate and super-smart individuals from across all the elite and esteemed universities devoting their life towards advancing our pieces of knowledge when compared only a short century ago we know so much more. Just imagine if we compare to technology and existential know-how a few thousand years ago which traditional dogmas still dominate most of the world, especially in the lesser advanced societies, we are not only much wiser but also smarter. We don’t have to settle for simple solutions to complex questions. Advancements in science have empowered us to be more assertive in our self-beliefs and reliance because we can always learn and discover, instead of stuck with simple precepts that is no longer as effective, compared to its competition - new scientific and philosophical findings: It is an amazing trajectory our civilization is treading on - think of for many millions of years our population growth and technological advances crawled at a pace of snell as we evolved from very primitive mammals to present day modern human. The curve is now sharpening upward at an accelerating curve. Indeed human only gets smarter and smarter and another several thousand from now, our great-great-grandchildren (to the power 100 degrees) will look at us as not so bright compared to them, perhaps chuckling at some of our idiosyncrasies.