“People are all more or less materialists today, for they are the heirs of the nineteenth century. They need only be shown some crude mimicry of ‘mental’ events in nature or in instinct, and they will fancy that the ‘mental’ has been explained. It is whatever is lower that we take to be more real.”
-Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World
Denis de Rougemont is better at explaining modernity than Rene Girard.