Sound is the vocabulary of nature.
Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.
Noises have generally been thought of as indistinct, but this is not true.
The impressionists, Debussy, Faure, in France, did take a few steps forward.
The whole problem of the sound-work is distancing oneself from the dramatic.
The world has just got more dangerous because the things we use have got more dangerous.
The world changes materially. Science makes advances in technology and understanding. But the world of humanity doesn't change.
The only hope is that our civilization will collapse at a certain point, as always happens in history. Then, out of barbarity, a renaissance.
Has it struck you that the music which is regarded as the most sublime in western civilization, which is the music of Bach, is called baroque?
Morally, the world is both better and worse than it was. We are worse off than in the middle ages, or the 17th and 18th centuries, in that we have the atomic menace.