Man's principle task today is to create a new self, adequate to command the forces that now operates so aimlessly and yet so compulsively. This self will necessarily take as its province the entire world, known and unknowable, and will seek, not to impose a mechanical uniformity, but to bring about an organic unity, based upon the fullest utilization of the varied resources that both nature and history have revealed to modern man... a new vision of self capable of understanding and cooperating with the whole.

Lewis Mumford, The Transformations of Man