At the time less was known about humans and their minds. There used to be an assumption, that the universe was made by a rational god, in a rational way, and a rational man could understand it, given time.
The combination of 2 tools, C++ and the machine it ran on, disproved that assumption. We can make a tool that we can not understand. The quote neatly creates a visual representation of the dangers of using such a tool.
Now we seek elegance, simplicity and beauty in code. We feel it is better.
However, I have just found out about Processing Fluency. Instantly I thought back to physics equations, and how a search for "elegance" was paramount.
Now, is truth, beauty, and beauty truth? Or is it a hack, and grotty solutions are just as valid?
We are wired to think the former, but the world we live in may not work that way. Where to go?