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By Christopher Lippold, Crisis Magazine, Sept. 6, 2022

Christopher Lippold is a lifelong Catholic with a Masters Degree in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and a minor in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University.

As we look around the world today, we see that we live in a time of extremely rapid change. What was on the horizon of the new last time we looked is now old and obsolete, needing replacement and updating. The more complex our technology gets, the more this change accelerates.

Although there are other technological advances than I will mention here that have happened throughout history, the appearance of each of the changes can be connected to a time in the past. In the commoditization of man, major changes in society (aside from the rise and fall of empires) may have taken a millennium to fully mature. With the appearance of the mechanization of man, major changes in society often took centuries to fully mature. With the appearance of the metallization of man, this timeframe had accelerated to mere decades for changes to fully mature. …

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