But despite all the power this image of order has, it is only just that, an image. Because this image lives under the forces of nature, the religious beliefs of rural people, pagan beliefs, no matter what effort we make to try to deny it. And these are more or less subtle forces of nature, pagan cultures were based on the acceptance of those forces, and our civilization is based on an artificial separation of human beings from the relation to nature, based on the belief that we can be "above", or beyond these forces and control them to suit our whims.
We may think we have everything, but the level of poverty of our modern civilization, is incredibly high. The wealth of quality of life, dignity and the great wisdom of the pagan cultures, are conspicuously absent from our lives. Despite centuries and centuries of lowering these people and despising them, the pagans still have much to teach us about living with the reality of the forces of nature.