"...for the present age, which prefers the sign
to the thing signfied, the copy to the original,
fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence,
...illusion only is sacred, truth profane."
--Ludwig Feuerbach

"Shower him with all earthly blessings, plunge him
so deep into happiness that nothing is visible but
the bubbles rising to the surface of his happiness,
as if it were water; give him such economic prosperity
that he will have nothing left to do but sleep, eat
gingerbread, and worry about the continuance of world history."
--Fyodor Dostoyevsky