I believe that our culture goes back to the ancient Greeks and to several other societies whose roots lie in this Greek civilization. There is one thing that these various cultures have in common: they are built on a very hierarchical system that has excluded women from power and influence. They developed an increasing competition for material gains, producing societies that became more and more void and empty. I think this is one of the causes of the drive toward self-destruction.
Christa Wolf (1983)