The opening quote reads “But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence . . . truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred. Sacredness is in fact held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.” —Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity
Ideas are turned into physical objects. It is easier to manipulate the physical object. The fake shitcoinery are ideologically shown as the 'better' alternative a fantasy world which is more 'sacred' than the real world.
I really need to spend some time on this book, I hope someone can give me some pointers.