Think of the Creative Explosion of Art which marked the emergence of modern man as briefly discussed here: http://thedeconstructionzone.blogspot.com/2012/03/brief-interpretive-overview-of-upper.html. A more universal frame of reference would have to be The Renaissance...a perfect example of art and writing helping to bring a society out of one of it's darkest times. Some would point to The Federalist Papers, Uncle Tom's Cabin, French Impressionism, or The Silence Dogood Letters. Others might relate to the more recent Postmodern architectural movement: http://thedeconstructionzone.blogspot.com/2011/04/postmodernism-in-socio-cultural.html. Who among us in their lifetime has not contemplated the simple but powerful words of The Serenity Prayer?