The principal forces which have driven society forward over recent centuries have been science and technology and their contribution to material progress. These forces have ridiculed intuition, treated the senses with suspicion, and are profoundly embarrassed by the very notion of the human spirit.
The banishment of part of human individuality and the individual sense of humanity gives people a sense of being diminished and deprived of any valid basis for self-esteem. The past is not another country, but is in us and of us. But this intangible essence explored by psychoanalysts and therapists is pushed to the margins. The widespread sense of disillusion, the resentment, the imprecise but powerful sense of individual yearning arises from this marginalization of the inner self. If individuals are stricken, by the false belief that there is a necessary connection between material well-being and human happiness, perhaps they are also diminished by the false belief that there is no necessary connection between ourselves and the natural world.