“This gentleman has asked if I could merely give some examples of influences of orientalizing in our own lives. A curious example comes to mind in the life of Thomas Mörten, who as you know, became a trappist monk years, quite a few years ago and who has, he merged from that monastery to become a hermit. He finds the corporate life of a monastery all together too vulgar, brash and noisy. For his inward life he has removed himself from that brash community into a silent hut.”

— Marshall McLuhan