Annihilation

The old models are not working; the new have not yet appeared. In fact, it is we who are even now shaping the new in the shaping of our interesting lives. And that is the whole sense (in mythological terms) of the present challenge: we are the ancestors of an age to come, the unwitting generators of its supporting myths, the mythic models that will inspire its lives. This is life, new and strange. Strange, because we fear it. New, because we have kept our eyes turned from it. Men are men and life is life—we must deal with them as they are. If we want to change them, we must deal with them in the form in which they exist.