I like the sound of that, but it may be no more than further evidence of my acute wickedness.
I am reminded of these passages from Eric Hoffer’s Working and thinking on the Waterfront:
This morning I happened to think of the possibility that a virulent outburst of fanaticism may precede the death of a faith. Southern fanaticism on the issue of slavery was it its height when slavery became untenable, and the same is true of the present segregationist fervor.
Something struck me today. Precisely at the moment when the world seems to leap into an unknown future there is an enormous eruption of the past.
I am certain he was right, that he was describing exactly what is happening today — at home and abroad. The old faiths have failed, have become backward-looking instruments of evil because they are innately incompetent to be useful to the world we now occupy, to the lives we live now.
Science has eclipsed the myths.