Posted: January 8, 2013
No one from the Old World can land at New York without being immediately impressed by this spectacle of gigantic material power. ... There is nothing like it in Europe or I think anywhere else. It seems to mark the coming of a new age and a new civilization. ... But viewed in the perspective of history it is a very strange and surprising thing. The ancient Egyptians built pyramids that were even greater than the skyscrapers of New York, in terms of the human effort expended, but they were for the tombs of God-Kings. The relatively poverty stricken peoples of medieval Europe erected vast cathedrals and abbeys, but these were the expression of their common faith and their hopes for eternity. But to-day we build temples greater than the Egyptian pyramids or the Gothic Cathedrals and they are dedicated to toothpaste or chewing gum or anything that anyone wants.