Meaning and mattering and modernity. Is there anything new under the sun?

Our current era is overwhelming, combining rapid technological change, a feeling of being unmoored from the past, a sense of disenchantment, and even decadence and stasis, despite change. What to call this instability amidst dizzying change? The "Whirligig Age."" And how can we best live in The Whirligig? We can turn to wisdom literature. Below are the texts that fit within my personal canon of modern wisdom literature for living in The Whirligig (originally based on a Twitter thread).


By Samuel Arbesman (see all lists). Page style adapted from Brendan Schlagel's canonize.