Thomas Moore. The Care of the Soul—A guide for cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life New York
Harper Collins, 1992
Why does our culture seem so angry at things? Why do we take out our frustrations upon the very things that could potentially make our world into a satisfying and comforting home? One answer may be that when we are cut off from soul and its sensitivity to great spans of time and even timeless elements, we long painfully for an ideal future and for immortality. Old buildings remind us of a past we were not a part of. If we are identified with the ego, then those past times are an affront to our desire for immortality.
Henry Ford, a pioneer in efficient manufacturing, is supposed to have said that history is bunk. If our life efforts are directed toward making a new world, toward growth and constant improvement, then the past will be the enemy, a reminder of death.