To understand the mood and the Zeitgeist of an era, inspect the art, the fiction, the entertainment and the overtly and consciously, intentionally superficial. It is in the manifestation and cultivation of oblique and useful falsehood that the underlying axioms inexorably reveal themselves. What is considered “real” or “important” reveals itself as merely being another branch on the tree of shared illusions, another falsehood requiring suspension of disbelief. All narratives are false, or at the very least must (by logical necessity) contain unprovable truths, but those that survive and run the gauntlet of competitive selection to percolate into ascendancy are often best viewed askew through the filter of art and fiction. It is all fiction.
Art: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt, 1632.