"In a world where the will is tutored only in the art of asking how to possess things, the future becomes an ever more alienating realm where technique substitutes for revelation. In such a willed world we become satisfied with how things can be exploited rather than why things exist. We become the technicians of the universe.
What, then, is our ultimate goal? Do we want the world to be remade or revealed? The fact of the matter is, manipulative knowledge requires the cognition of control. The latter requires the cognition of surrender.
Revelation is experienced by a giving over, a reaching out. The essential why of things becomes revealed to us when we choose to surrender to them, to meet them on their own terms, to accept them for what they are. It is impossible to experience the essence of things when preoccupied with the thought of making them conform to our expectations."
- Jeremy Rifkin Time Wars