No World Order

No World Order
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Panic, despair, desperation, overriding hunger for one something vast enough to master the everything that now swarms our world beyond human measure: these feelings are understandable. They are the essence of what we take to be the catastrophic attitude — and in our ‘Western’ civilization, the philosophy of catastrophe is of a piece with the eschatological temper of our religious sensibility. In other words, Western reason has characteristically led us in the same direction as its purported opposite, revelation, toward an ever more complete account of the end times.

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