Re: We have traded quality for quantity
The Industrial Revolution has slowly diminished our creative self and has replaced it with our mechanical self.
This is a tangential point, but pertinent I think: what you're calling the cause of our diminishing creativity, I would call the symptom. I don't think the Industrial Revolution caused
any change, since abstract concepts cannot in themselves be agents of historical change. Only people can enact change. It seems to me that the Industrial Revolution is the name we give to a symptom of this change you're spotlighting--in which case the cause of this change predates the Revolution.
This is, generally speaking, the danger in ascribing historical change to things other than people. Positing abstract concepts or inanimate objects as historical causes only provides a shield for the PEOPLE acting on the beliefs these concepts or objects represent. You are, in effect, relieving yourself of the responsibility to investigate motives--giving history an alibi.
Not that this detracts from your overall point, which I largely agree with. I just think that calling the Industrial Revolution the cause of this behavioral change is preventing us from examining the true origins of the change, which surely stretch further past the nineteenth century.