The era of what seemed like inevitable progress is now over. In a world that now seems to nearly everyone to 'have gone crazy' and where all the older institutions seem impotent in the face of new powers, the individual increasingly believes only in himself. Immortality has been largely undermined as a hope for the future; and private life and its rhythms have grown enormously. Interest in theories of your future determined by the position of planets at the minute of your birth and the belief that man is part of an endless uncontrollable cyclic process have developed tremendously. We see this in the football pools, astrology columns of the mass-circulation papers, and the new evangelical Adventist sects which are the only churches fully thriving in Worktown.