MOdernity might have lasted forever as a kind of boastful,idle, rhetoric ---- useful as a cover for what ever misdeed you wanted to defend.
If only, if only, if only it hadn't overreached itself - between 1939 and 1945 - by actually trying to do in practice what it had long claimed it could do in theory.
The MOdernist elites of the four leading MOdernist nations-cum-empires (Germany, Japan, Britain and America) all promised far more to their more ordinary citizens than they proved able to deliver.
As a result, MOdernity took quite a kicking by September 2, 1945 .
Over what seems a very long period of time, that discontent over the methods and results of MOdernity during WWII has led to a widespread loss of faith in its tenets around the world.
All of us alive today have spent the majority of our lives in the era post 1945 ---- like it or not, we are all 'PO folk'....