In it Wagner put together his earlier reflections on reality into a relatively coherent and meaningful whole. La crisi del mondo moderno: Zigmunt Bauman, Etica postmoderna, Ed. Moral and imoral in economical quantification. Refresh and try again. Edmond Nicolau, The informational Man, Ed.
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In fact, history itself is a gradual process of declining spirituality and "progressive materialization", so that at the last phase of the human cycle or the darkest of the Dark Age , mankind shall witness the abundance of material prosperity as has never been witnessed before, while simultaneously impoverished spiritually and utterly divorced from true intellectuality and hence truth itself.
Intellectually, this decline is especially evident in science and philosophy. It is no wonder that the modern man today feels alienated from the world, from each other and from himself. Truth for them is one, just as God is One. The different orders and aspects of Reality are but reflections of this same, single and universal truth. Modernity by contrast, is built upon the spirit of opposition to religion think of the Renaissance, Reformation and the Enlightenment and therefore hostility to metaphysics and truth.
Indeed, relativism is the logical outcome of rationalism, this in turn being the result of humanism and individualism, which of course, is the "determining cause of the present decline of the West. The mental outlook that made this possible is materialism, "a conception according to which nothing else exists but matter and its derivatives.
All this are but manifestations of the same catastrophe - neglect of spirituality, hence the loss of unity. Materialism is also tied to Western domination. The East has been traditionally religious, but in the face of material challenge and encroachment by the modern West, is now compelled to adopt the materialistic worldview to compete in this profane realm and in this regard, its religious past is certainly no guide.
There is a way out - for the establishment of a spiritual elite to lead the masses out of this darkness. This elite necessarily has to operate covertly, like a secret puppeteer when others could not see the strings, for the masses have become deeply entrenched in their materialism, which continuously creates in them more artificial needs for materiality than it can satisfy.
In the West, the only institution capable of bringing about this change is the Catholic Church, which alone is in possession of the sacred traditional doctrine of Christianity.
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