Art: for whom and for what?
As the title suggests, we are here addressing the most fundamental question: Who is man? What is art? What is the bond that unites man, nature, and art? The argument at the heart of this book is that what should be common to all men and women -- natural affinity with the sacred that holds out the promise of spiritual experience in everyday life -- is in fact made all but impossible by the very nature of modern society. For what the modern world has set in place is nothing other than a pattern of life that prevents us from being what we truly are. The destruction of man that is part and parcel of the scientific, industrial view of our destiny cannot do otherwise than to destroy those values and meanings that have always been the bedrock of normal human existenc
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