The idea of progress–that change through time tends to the improvement of life–is a powerful one in Western civilization. On one level, human life has obviously improved: we of the developed nations enjoy a level of material comfort and abundance unimaginable to earlier generations. Yet “man does not live by bread alone.” When we think about the moral and spiritual condition of modern life, it seems that not only have we not progressed, but in many ways we have regressed. In our understanding of who we are, how we should live, and what our destiny may be, we have arguably become less wise than our ancestors.