The addition of sophistication does not have to result in the annihilation of the superficial.
Intelligence is manifest not only in its ability to scale the complex, but also in its capacity to delight in the simple.
Moreover, its ultimate virtue is its refusal to be threatened, insulted, intimidated, or discouraged by the so-called profane.
As the shaman, in the novel Skirting the Gorge, proclaims:
“Ascension to successive echelons in the pyramid of awareness is an act of inclusion requiring unconditional acceptance of all that lies below.”
Knowledge does not abandon what is beneath it.
If anything, it redeems it.
That’s today’s two cents.