Our Oriental Heritage, page 525:
The East, resentful of subjection and poverty, may go in for science and industry at the very time when the children of the West, sick of machines that impoverish them and of sciences that disillusion them, may destroy their cities and their machines in chaotic revolution or war, go back, beaten, weary and starving, to the soil, and forge for themselves another mystical faith to give them courage in the face of hunger, cruelty, injustice and death. There is no humorist like history.
A view from 90 years ago. I will leave it to you, gentle reader, to wonder where we are relative to the possibility it raised.