A people or a class which is cut off from its own past is far less free to choose and to act as a people or class than one that has been able to situate itself in history.
John Berger, Ways of Seeing
The age of machines holding dominion over man had come. This was the downfall of a nation and the triumph of systems designed to thwart all human contact, human reason, personal discretion and decision-making. Most people did not want to make decisions. And too many of the people who could make decisions had decided to cede them to machines.