Attali offers a historical analysis of how we elected, over the centuries, to rid ourselves of the indirect path for the supposed superiority of the straight line. We moved from the meandering to the linear, from the complex to the singular, from the curved and sensual to the straight and narrow. Consequently our thinking became shallow and unable to grasp the depth of meaning the labyrinthine symbolic world held for us. Now, as we enter the twenty-first century, the daedal depth of wisdom is recapturing our imaginations. The complex patterns enfolded with these ancient designs are calling us to reclaim the lost and forgotten parts of ourselves.
"By turns unsettling and exhilarating, Attali is always scintillating, always crackling with creative intelligence. He hast hings to teach us all. Especially Americans." —Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock
"Jackques Attali is a unique figure: an intellectual in the world of politics, and individualist in the world of high finance, a visionary and a dreamer." —Walter Russell Mead, author of Moral Splendor: The American Empire in Transition
The Labyrinth in Culture and Society by Jaques Attali