The aggressive forces of industrial progress, martial and destructive, sweep over people, leading some to "lunacy," and others to "a reagency
of fleshly torpor." To stave off this fate, the force of progress requires checking by "counter-forces," "in the direction of religion or profound philosophy." And it is this that will restore the facility for dreaming, the "magnificent apparatus which forces the infinite into the chambers of a human brain, and throws dark reflections from eternities below all life upon the mirrors of the sleeping mind." All space and all time are compressed into the "chamber" of the brain, which now encompasses traces of a primeval ancestry--the "eternities below all life"--the deep time of evolutionary change.