"No one knows who will live in [the Iron Cage] in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals, or, if neither, mechanized petrification, embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. For of the last stage of this cultural development, it might be said:

'Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved,'"

- Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, 1905.

A reader noted this in response to my remark about consuming vs living.

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