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This book recognize the advantages of a bureaucratized society for economic growth and its costs in terms of a loss in chances for close personal, or even just neighborly, relationships. In fact America is in many ways less of a bureaucratic society, more concerned with protecting the diversity of local cultures against the social engineering schemes of central government. Creating a way of life that avoids the necessity for extreme measures for emotional relief, a way of life that ensures the avoidance of extremes of emotional impulsiveness and emotional repression should be the goal for modern morality and modern religion. In summary regarding the useful psychological understandings that underlay this book, though traditional societies often fear the effects of being hyperemotional and thus impulsive the modern version of this more likely results from attempts to compensate for emotional repression through use of artificial stimulants.

Keywords: America; bureaucratized society; modern religion

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