I think the sheer pace of distractions in modern life (most clearly exemplified by smart phones and email) is the greatest risk to our sanity and wisdom as individuals and a species. A hyperbole for effect? Perhaps.
Below is my latest attempt at controlling my own human weaknesses by making all of the non-urgent apps (that includes email!) on my iPhone as difficult to get to as possible. I had previously tried deleting almost everything on my phone, but that didn’t last—I am only human.
Perhaps this a realistic compromise for me in the right direction. I am already spending less time mindlessly checking apps for updates. If you’re curious, try it and let me know if it does anything for you.
"In tournament games, it is customary to forbid a draw by agreement before a thirtieth move. This stipulation is aimed at players who may find themselves in too peaceful a mood for the kind of fight that chess requires." - Chess for Beginners by I. A. Horowitz.