The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) may be defined as the dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society during a particular period in time.
Reality for some can be a metaphor for Fate, or indeed an adventurous trip Through the Looking Glass where symbols are perceived as concrete objects, characters, or figures used to represent abstract ideas or concepts that describe that spirit of the time.
It also should be no surprise that hubris is “the lack of knowledge that causes a darkened understanding.”
Ajax By Sophocles
Efimia D. Karakantza, “Eating from the Tables of Others: Sophocles’ Ajax and the Greek Epic Cycle,” Classics@ Volume 6: Efimia D. Karakantza, ed. The Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University, edition of December 21, 2010.
Obviously, we as human beings tend to make very bad decisions when we’re emotional. We tend to overlook the fact that uncertainty creates both significant risk as well as great opportunities, while also forgetting that disgust and euphoria are intense emotions that cloud judgment and dissociate us from what we can be.