The Ugliness of Modern Civilization

The rawness and ugliness of modern European life is the sign of biological inferiority, of an insufficient or false relation to environment, which produces strain, wasted effort, revolt or failure…Why is a stockbroker less beautiful than a Homeric warrior or and Egyptian priest? Because he is less incorporated with life, he is not inevitable, but accidental, almost parasitic. When a culture has proved its real needs, and organized its vital functions, every office becomes beautiful. [Dynamics of World History, 69]

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