Are we a wise civilization? Can we grow wiser? Being cynical about these questions is easy. The news shows us we are always on the brink of disaster, and, let's be honest, the comments section of most social media posts does not engender a spirit of optimism about humanity's collective wisdom. Yet, consider the following.
Emotions are a form of social communication. Laughter communicates that all is well, we are safe. Fear communicates danger--look out! Expressing the wrong emotion breeds confusion.