Lewis Mumford Said Some Neat Stuff

“Every culture lives within its dream. That of Christianity was one in which a fabulous heavenly world, filled with gods, saints, devils, demons, angels, archangels, cherubim and seraphim and dominions and powers, shot its fantastically magnified shapes and images across the actual life of earthborn man [sic]. This dream pervades the life of a culture as the fantasies of night dominate the mind of a sleeper: it is reality – while the sleep lasts. But, like the sleeper, a culture lives within an objective world that goes on through its sleeping or waking, and sometimes breaks into the dream, like a noise, to modify it or to make further sleep impossible.”

Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization, 1934

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