“…long ago every army had men who could hear the approach of an enemy by putting their heads to the ground. That wouldn’t do now, because armies move faster, and we attack them before we can see them, but it worked very well for several thousand years. This is a simple example; I don’t want to bore you with complexities. But the kind of sensitivity that made it possible for a man to hear an army marching several miles away without any kind of artificial aid has almost disappeared from the earth. The recognition of oneself as a part of nature and reliance on natural things are disappearing for hundreds of millions of people who do not know that anything is being lost.”
Professor Hollier, in The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies (1983)
Who is paying attention to what of value is in danger of being lost?