Ephesians 4
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [f]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 

From my commentary:
No longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk: The Gentile walk is characterized by the futility of their mind. In the end, their thinking is futile because their understanding is darkened – because they are alienated from the life of God.

We have hope. We have tools that others do not have. We have an opportunity at wisdom and understanding far above our age and this world. We just need to pray, believe and receive.

I think another key phrase is “in the futility of their mind.” When we try to figure things out, we will almost always fail, unless we walk with God.