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.