Ritualistic vs Modern Machine Age

The history of mankind divides into two great periods, one existed from time immemorial … and was characterized by the ritualist view of nature. The second began with the modern machine age. In both periods men wanted to control life and death, but in the first they had to rely on non-machine technology … by building a ritual altar and making that the locus of the transfer and renewal of lifepower.


— Ernest Becker

Escape from Evil, 1975