“We all prefer the destruction of humanity to the destruction of knowledge.”
From Stefan Zweig biography of Nietzsche.
This seems to me to be quite a remarkable insight. There is a tendency to hang on to what we think that we know to the point that there is immense insecurity if this is challenged. Ironically there is a good chance that if there does exist any truth in what we think that we know it is probably quite relative in that respect. Things are always changing, and there are always circumstances and experiences that seem not to fall into our general belief or conceptual understanding. Einstein helped us to understand that our perceptions and assumptions are relative. An example being that the path of light that seems to be very straight from a flashlight to an object curves and bends as it works its way through the universe.
We seem not to be able or willing to change our thinking that inevitably contributes to the destruction of humanity and for that matter most other inhabitants of this planet. We cant seem to let go of our thinking that contributes to the degradation of the environment and inevitably ourselves.
It can be said that humankind has been the master species in terms of survival on this earth and maybe it is this thinking that has contributed to the increased incidence of survival for humans on the planet that needs to change in some way if we are to preserve ourselves. Life may go on without us.