People don't like dilemmas very much. They would like to think our problems can be solved by spreading capitalism, by ending capitalism, by encouraging religion, by abolishing religion, by conquering nature, by returning to nature, etc.Aside from the last phrase, I agree 100%.
We can't solve our problems once and for all; we can only stumble along in darkness and try our best. The results might not be pleasant for us in the short term, and we have to trust that God always has our best long-term interest in mind.
One downside of the 'information superhighway' is that people have become so accustomed to instaneously finding answers to any inquiry is that we now assume that these answers are easy. Complexity, beloved by me, is a vice. So simple, even simplistic solutions, are seen to be instrinsically better, and that just clearly isn't so. Almost nothing of consequence is 'simple'. We are left making the best decisions we can given the information available. However, that entails considering all of the information. So yes, the best we can do is muddle through "in darkness and try our best."
But even given that daunting task, I'm still optimistic. Maybe it's because in my personal life, events have tended to work out in the medium-to-long term as long as I took things piece by piece. Does this optimism imply a belief in some immeasurable force? Can Adam Smith's invisible hand explain any or all of it?
This leads inexorablly to a question, how can I have faith in acceptable outcomes without 'Faith'? One to think on, I suppose. Or perhaps not, as the examination seems more likely to damage my optimism than to give me a solution.