Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.
When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity.
History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. Confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim.
There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already.