Although we fancy ourselves to be of the modern world, we, like our ancient ancestors, are idol worshippers. To be sure we do not bow down to golden calves or Baal Peor, notwithstanding the Second Commandment, we have our own modern versions of idol worship. Many of us worship one or more of the false gods of environmentalism, market fundamentalism, secular liberalism, and technology, to name just a few.
With the nuclear meltdown in Japan coming within a year of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico our faith in large scale technology has been shattered. Moreover the failures of Tokyo Electric, BP and their respective regulators in government hardly gives one confidence in the large bureaucracies that increasingly run our lives. This lack of trust will make for more volatility in our economy and politics.