At such moments [when a world view disintegrates] men may believe that they have lost something beyond price, for a grand vision has faded into despair and self-assurance given place to the humiliation of man's inability to understand himself. . . . Change cannot come until neither loyalty to the old nor fear of the new can longer delay it. Such a transformation is all the more difficult because it seems to require the greater to be sacrificed for the less. Each real advance is paid for by aiming at less in order to achieve more. The crucial step cannot be taken until men are ready to choose the less which can be realized in place of the more which had remained a dream.
--Lancelot Law Whyte