William Edmund Barrett quotes
August 1914 is the axial date in modern Western history, and once past it we are directly confronted with the present-day world. The sense of power over the material universe with which modern man emerged, as we have seen, from the Middle Ages, changed on that date into the opposite: a sense of weakness and dereliction before the whirlwind that man is able to unleash but not to control. That feeling of danger has persisted and grown stronger, and our generation knows it as uncanny awareness of the explosive quality of man's secular powers -- and now, alas, with the possession of atomic weapons, the word must be taken literally.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)