The bible predicts Armageddon, this surely must be the case, we can see it now all around us now, and it is fast approaching.
Sorry to seem so gloomy, but everybody, in their inner self, knows that we are living in Fool's Paradise, for we don't have the ability to shake off (pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, sloth), the seven DEADLY sins.
We ignore them at our peril.
Modern understanding is an abstract noun which is meaningless, for in 1000 years from now, if we still exist, all we know now will have been superceded by a different knowledge.
I prescribe 37 doses of Taoism. Wu wei, is a healthy solution to this problem. I also agree we are pushing the envelope for what constitutes wise conduct. Pride, avarice and sloth are the sins of the technological age. Prophecies do have a way of self-fulfilling. We have more knowledge of nature, but we are less attuned to it. We live in a self-constructed ecosystem where the laws of Darwin (thankfully) no longer apply.
But have we solved one problem only to introduce another? If so it would be our desire for convenience and the mass production of non-degradable substances for productions sake alone.