You can tell what’s informing a society by what the tallest building is. When you approach a medieval town, the cathedral is the tallest thing in the place. When you approach an 18th century town, the political palace is the tallest thing in the place. And when you approach a modern city, the tallest places are the office buildings, the centers of economic life.
~Joseph Campbell & Power of Myth With Bill Moyers (Sacrifices and Bliss)