Supposedly, one of the key ideas of modern/enlightenment thinking is the belief in that the human being has the power to create it’s own destiny. Hubris, they say! Ultimate hubris that lead to ultimate doom, e.g. the Atom Bomb. Oh, and also that Reason is the means to such freedom.
But i would say that in a way this whole shebang is not very different from the post-modernist attitude of making your own meaning as you go along. Or from the Christian faith that god is expressed in human form. To me it all means: Maybe i’m wrong, but i’ll just try to have things my way if i can.
Deep down, in our bowels, that’s what we are. This pull. Not perfect, but good enough. Good enough can be spelled hubris, but it is still the same thing.