Regarding the Sacred and Profane, I don't know if theres an argument present for that. I think if there is a 'point' to be taken from the book here, its that as the world has become more profane/secular, its not soley Enlightenment/reason/science revealing what was once only explainable by God, but also technology taking us further from the inherently spiritual cycles of life/death, creation/destruction. You can see how pre idustrial man, responsible for creating his whole livelihood- building shelter, hunting/growing food - functioned more like a god than post industrial man. So just as Christianity would disappear if everyone stopped reading the bible, going to church, praying and etc., the religious impulse weakens as the 'rites' of spirituality are phased out by technology. If you want to eat, you no longer enter yourself into the process of creation/destruction through hunting/gathering/farming, what you do is you go into a factory, turn some knobs, get paid, go to the store, buy food. Not exactly a spiritual expereince.@Linebaugh Thanks for the info. Still digesting it, but I think I get it enough to respond. Is it that technology (as the process of developing techne/technics?) gradually diminsihes the need for human creation, or does it merely "push" this demand into increasingly non-physical/metaphysical spaces? Or do those amount to the same thing?
That is, if the more concrete problems are accounted for with increasing ease and automation, are we under less tension, or is the tension just less concrete and more abstract? Or, again, do those amount to the same thing?