The death of a culture begins when its normative institutions fail to communicate ideals in ways that remain inwardly compelling… At the breaking point, a culture can no longer maintain itself as an established span of moral demands. Its jurisdiction contracts; it demands less, permits more. Bread and circuses become confused with right and duty. Spectacle becomes a functional substitute for sacrament (Philip Rieff, The Triumph of the Therapeutic. The Uses of Faith after Freud, Harper & Row, 1965, p. 13, 234).
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