But for many Americans these high celebrations of corporate power were offensive. They preached the virtues of big money to people who were queuing at soup kitchens in the streets below. They were a master image of inequality. With the crash (of 1929) the skyscraper became an emblem of doom, like the temple of a sacrificial cult. Hugh Ferriss‘ drawings turn an imagined New York into a city of prismatic tombs. Scary abstract monuments in a social void. –Robert Hughes in American Visions E6 Steamlines and Breadlines.
Religion has a function that goes beyond faith and the veracity of the monotheistic gift: “The prohibition of human sacrifices. The modern world has decided that the prohibition is the nonsense”. –René Girard.