I’m curious about a connection between this:
We know that the modern world is coming to an end . . . . At the same time, the unbeliever will emerge from the fogs of secularism. He will cease to reap benefit from the values and forces developed by the very Revelation he denies . . . . Loneliness in faith will be terrible. Love will disappear from the face of the public world, but the more precious will be that love which flows from one lonely person to another . . . . The world to come will be filled with animosity and danger, but it will be a world open and clean. –Romano Guardini, The End of the Modern World (Epigraph to Walker Percy’s The Last Gentleman)
The Social Network, the End of Intimacy, and the Birth of Hacker Sensibility by Dan Haggard
Think about the person closest to you and the connection that you have. Feel the sense of familiarity and trust. Think of the wonderful experiences your intimacy has enabled. But now imagine this intimacy is torn away. Their eyes intimate indifference. You’re just one of the billions of people to whom they could possibly devote their time. There is nothing that defines your shared connection and makes it stand apart. You’re just the tag end of an economic calculation; a move in a game that will likely never end.
Haggard’s article is long but worth the read. One of these days, I hope to get around to reading the Guardini book, too.