"Here emerges the typical problematic condition of modern humanity: the feeling of being surrounded by an immense number of cultural elements, which are not meaningless, but not profoundly meaningful to the individual either; elements which have a certain crushing quality as a mass, because an individual cannot inwardly assimilate every individual thing, but cannot simply reject it either, since it belongs potentially, as it were, to the sphere of his or her cultural development. One could characterize this with the exact reversal of that saying, ‘Nihil habentes, omni possidentes’, which characterized the blissful poverty of the early Franciscans in their absolute liberation from all things that would somehow still tend to divert the soul from its path through themselves and thereby make it an indirect route. Instead of that, human beings in very rich and overburdened cultures are ‘omnia habientes, nihil possidentes’”
- George Simmel
"How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?"
— Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451