“The spirit of the times is secession. This is the symbol that we need to understand. Whether it pleases us or not, whether it suits our values or not, it is a symbol of the end of illusions concerning the theories of emancipation elaborated in the XIXth century and which, more or less consciously, continue to torment Official Thought. The end, equally, of the myth of continuous Progress and triumphant Reason. The age of quantitative values gives way to a diffuse desire for the qualitative.”

~ Michel Maffesoli La République des bons sentiments