After years of research, we learned how to manipulate the brain to stimulate that moment of clarity a person experiences in the wake of a personal revelation. The first artificial epiphany. During the experimental testing, we had dozens of subjects in a room, each experiencing a perfect moment of understanding.
We rolled out the drugs worldwide.
Soon, everyone was taking the pills. They all experienced profound revelations, satisfaction, and personal clarity. For a while, all of civilisation sat quietly in a sense of achievement.
Eventually, someone realised that although we had stimulated the feeling of epiphany, we had not reached any real revelations. The pills did not cause new ideas to exist. A profound realisation spread slowly across the globe. We all began to understand that we had discovered nothing of value, and were merely trapped in an elaborate self-deceit.
I wish I could say we learned something from the experience.