All the periodicals, all the newspapers are saturated with politics, although many of the objects they are discussing are very transient and short term.…In truth, questions of higher spirit cannot even be compared to the sort of blinking frivolity of politics. The ultimate problems of life and death show the colossal nature of this difference even more. Modern humanity is characterized precisely by the loss of the ability to answer the principal problems of life and death. People are prepared to stuff their heads with anything and to talk of any subject, but only to block off contemplation of this subject. This is the reason for the increasing pettiness of our society, the concentration on the small and irrelevant.

Source: A Soul in Exile