Economics, the great model among us now, indulges and deprives, builds and abandons, threatens and promises. its imperium is manifest, irrefragable — as in fact it has been since antiquity. Yet suddenly we act as if the reality of economics were reality itself, the one Truth to which everything must refer. I can only suggest that terror at complexity has driven us back on this very crude monism.
Marilynne Robinson, Introduction to The Death of Adam