Our Golden Calf

Our summum bonum is commodity, and the goddess we adore Dea moneta, Queen Money, to whom we daily offer sacrifice, which steers our hearts, hands, affections, all; that most powerful goddess, by whom we are reared, depressed, elevated, esteemed the sole commandress of our actions, for which we pray, run, ride, go, come, labour, and contend as fishes do for a crumb that falleth into the water.

Robert Burton (Anatomy of Melancholy)