To borrow the masthead from one of my top-10 blogs, Dangerously Irrelevent, Scott Mcleod has placed this quote:
Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . Innovation is cumulative and the rate of change accelerates. We therefore find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions, and trying to think about those new realities in traditional but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms. - Gwynne Dyer, War, p. 441
That pretty much sums up what I see as well.