A postscript to The Culture of Narcissism (Christopher Lasch, 1979).
This is a profound essay, coming 11 years after the publication of his book, and attempts to explain the flight to spirituality as well as the fight against nature, both being the responses of a being ill at ease with his limitations and mortality. I recommend reading this essay from start to finish.
I have scanned the essay from the book and uploaded it here.
If you are bothered by the tilt of the scanned pages, you can read this essay in full via the Look Inside the Book feature on this book's Amazon.com page. Use of this feature requires a free registration at Amazon.com.
On another note, I found this video clip (by Victor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning) fascinating: