The first one being 'Rome is burning' when I visited Italy in 2012 and found it in modern day ashes and organized chaos, so to speak, after the world economic crises of 2008. It was a parody on the history of Nero who is said to have played a fiddle whilst Rome was burning during his persecution of the Christians in 69 AD. In fact, this impression and extraction is so powerful in our lives even today as we use Nero software to burn CD's.
Somewhere, I knew, I would find the ransom money to 'pay for my mind and soul' in their quest for 'The stuff reality is made of', and by implication also for my quest for truth and reality - and by purpose for who and what I am and knowing myself - indeed a life long quest.
Such a feeling's coming over me
My excursion today is into Existentialism - a philosophy which went cold some fifty years ago and coming into its own again in this mad world of today which is spinning out of control as during WWII.
This is a new era of secularization by globalization into a quest for a new Romantic Era, like the Enlightenment, where anything goes except what is valuable, essential and intrinsic in our own humanity or humanness - our Essentialism.