Things falls apart. This is the universal law. Everything for modern man is an impoverishment of what was before. This law of dissolution affects both the visible and the invisible realities of the world. We might also use the term ‘negation’, and say that the modern world can be described in terms of what is absent or missing, in the same way that disorder and sin imply the absence of order and perfection—a deviation from a course. This reduction can be likened to those processes of breakdown which accompany death and which result in a movement away from the unified whole which is broken down into its various constituent parts—what was once an organic whole disintegrated until it is broken down into the smallest possible units and cannot disintegrate any further. This explanation for many of the social phenomena that many contemporary writers lament, but usually they are described in a haphazard fashion, using terms like materialism, nihilism, positivism, scientism, etc., but they all have a common root cause. What is materialism, after all, but the inability to see anything but the lowest order of reality?—the lowest grade of significance in every phenomenon? Materialism sees nothing that those before did not see—man has always seen the corporeal makeup of things. Materialism is not some new vision—it is a new blindness. When materialism prevails, the vision of reality accounts for the corporeal order and nothing else. Hence, the term nihilism is closely linked to materialism, since a philosophy of meaning, when it can only work with the lowest level of things, with only the most superficial, immediately must decay into a philosophy of no meaning whatsoever. This is the abyss, and reduction is the path leading to it.