A few months ago I published a post about Tolkien's creative process, and why it has such a powerful appeal for these times. The post retrospectively seems - on reviewing it today - to provide an important clue for how we ought to respond positively to these materialistic and mundane, dark and demonic, times.
We all-of-us need to be subcreators in our own thinking.
Naturally, I do not mean to suggest that we all (or even most of us) should be writing write fiction and poetry, nor painting and drawing, like Tolkien. Neither do I mean that this subcreation should take any particular 'public' form. On the contrary; our subcreation should not be done to impress or to influence 'other people'.
I mean instead that we each of us have the capacity to subcreate in some way, and primarily in the world of our thinking.
That-thinking may be helped by physical activities - such as writing, drawing, fishing or... whatever actually is helpful for you... But whatever that physical expression of subcreation may be - it should be a means to the end of subcreative thinking.
It is in this realm of our subcreation that we are most likely to find personal meaning and purpose in reality - including our everyday reality of totalitarian bureaucracy and propagandistic mass media.
That is one meaning of Romantic Christianity - that (here and now) everybody needs to become a subcreator; and that we can only do this for our-selves.
Subcreation must be active and personal.
And also that - if this is not already happening, in your own life - making subcreation begin to happen ought to be a major life-priority.