chapter  6
The Narrow Door to Sustainability from practically useful to spiritually useful artefacts
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The Light of the World by the nineteenth-century artist William Holman Hunt portrays Christ knocking on a closed, long unused, weed-strewn door.1 Hunt completed this painting in 1853, just two years after The Great Exhibition – that fl amboyant celebration of Britain’s dominance over international affairs, which it had achieved through trade, empire and industrial supremacy.2, 3 Like Dickens’ ‘one thing needful’, discussed in the previous chapter, Hunt’s painting also suggests that in the pursuit of innovation, production and wealth, profound aspects of human concern had become neglected.