“Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.” – Lewis Mumford
The longevity of any society depends upon the ability of its constituents to balance inner development with outer ingenuity. Overweighted to the former, society will eventually implode. The more likely outcome, if history serves as a guide, is that the scales will be tipped so far to the outer that society cannot help but gloat, bloat and unravel of its own accord.