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  1. Do not forget that along with technological progress in society, there is a social evolution. This social evolution is driven by easier access to culture and improved political systems. It is strange to call people of society wise: how can ignorant people be wise, who did not have a concept of the world and understanding of people of other cultures (hence the ardent chauvinism). The culture that we absorb all our lives allows us to overcome innate instincts that are very strong in us-hence the need for religion in the past, as a kind of minimal civilizing superstructure.

    If we recall the Middle Ages with its permanent wars, terrible social inequality, a society without any humanism, where human life was not valued very highly (this was supported by a belief in the immortality of the soul and the cruel way of life itself, sometimes constrained by strange traditions), then no wisdom is even remotely visible there.

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