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34 But this is not dissent, only political compromise: on the one hand, “a majority of the young is gradually patterned for its place in the bureaucracies; ” and on the other, those who resist will “retreat into a fringe world of pseudo-revoltVY3’ But even pseudo-revolt has a greater nobility of purpose than the happy acquiescence of ,English-Canada in the ideology of continentalism. 36 For Quebec is reserved the terrible night of nihilism which comes with the disintegration of Catholicism, and with the certain knowledge that the “dynamic civilization” of the United States can provide only a deeply compromised vision of the good life.

Not content to think of technique as something external to ourselves which we can examine at a distance, Grant meditates upon technology from the inside out: from the perspective of its impact on human pSychology and aesthetic experience. His exhaustive exploration of the meaning of technology as dependency has been thought within the broader categories of self and civilization. In Grant’s thought, two things are always at stake in any meditation on technology: the impact, both mediate and immediate, of technology on the “self’; and the implications df techno- George Grant 49 logical society for the broader question of the direction of western civilization.

As traditional Catholicism breaks up, there will be some exciting moments. A Catholic society cannot be modernized as easily as a Protestant one. When the dam breaks the flood will be furious. “33 For Grant, the future of Quebec is that of existential despair. “34 But this is not dissent, only political compromise: on the one hand, “a majority of the young is gradually patterned for its place in the bureaucracies; ” and on the other, those who resist will “retreat into a fringe world of pseudo-revoltVY3’ But even pseudo-revolt has a greater nobility of purpose than the happy acquiescence of ,English-Canada in the ideology of continentalism.

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