Contemporary Civilization: Emergence from Darkness or Mortal Sickness?

Whether we praise or condemn contemporary civilization, none can deny that it is—in terms of what men had been and thought and done until quite recently—different, peculiar, abnormal.  There are those who think that this abnormality represents our long-delayed emergence from darkness into the light of reason; for others it represents the terminal stage of a mortal sickness.

Gai Eaton, King of the Castle: Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World, p. 9

It is forgotten however that swift change is a characteristic of decay, not of growth, and that the body which took some eighteen years to come to maturity dissolves into its constituent chemicals in a far shorter time.

Gai Eaton, King of the Castle: Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World, p. 52