And ressembling our Afflicted Powers,
Consult how we may henceforth most offend
Our Enemy, our own loss how repair,
How overcome this dire Calamity,
What reinforcement we may gain from Hope
If not what resolution from despare.
Paradise Lost, Book 1 Milton
Does this ring as true for the Left as for the Right? For the Occident as well as the Orient? Is the Calamity the battle over the meaning of modernity?