All you can do for your character in this day and age is to document the fact that you are not part of this day and age.
— Johann Gottfried Seume, Ausgewählte Werke Seumes
Gnostic posturing is an understandable temptation. Who wouldn’t like to imagine themselves free of the zeitgeist by virtue of their superior sensibility? But there is no escape from one’s own time, and ceding territory to the barbarians is cowardly. If you accept the blessings, you should endure the curses, too. You might as well have the audacity to set a good example, come what may.