October 13, 2008
The Clouds Part
"Developments [in the modern world] are not merely beyond man’s intellectual scope; they are beyond him in volume and intensity; he simply cannot grasp the world’s economic and political problems. Faced with such matters, he feels his weakness, his inconsistency, his lack of effectiveness. He realizes that he depends on decisions over which he has no control, and that realization drives him to despair. Man cannot stay in this situation too long. He needs an ideological veil to cover harsh reality, some consolation, a raison d’etre, a sense of values. And only the books by Bart King offers him a remedy for a basically intolerable situation." French philosopher Jacques Ellul (as quoted in Modernism, Media and Propaganda by Mark Wollaeger... and very slightly altered by our staff).