If one is focused upon "things of this world," and/or if a society is, it is arguable that what Gaston Bachelard termed "the coefficient of adversity" (later taken up by Sartre) is a determining factor in the dangers of technological empowerment.
In other words, character, human psychology, and morals are rather constant (e.g., the Greek and Shakespearean plays show character qualities constant over time). Thus, increasing technological empowerment combined with Greek and Shakespearean human character traits is worrisome, as the empowerment increases exponentially.
A characteristic of the so-called "Enlightenment" is an example of placing mankind as the center of value, rather than some Commandments of God. Moral constraints act to rein in typical human sinful nature, and insofar as increasing technological empowerment is not balanced by some type of Platonic "Republic" trained altruism and/or Confucian social moral harmonics and/or Maslow/Sorokin development, it is arguable that those who gain the material world of increasingly better gimcracks, bells, and whistles, tend toward "Enlightenment" "me first, maybe God in a corner" values. So far the Maslow/Sorokin programs are problematic, vis a vis societal handling of increasing techne power.
Thus, your axiom is historically justified.
Roger Scruton wrote a book on this lessening of Godly values among ruling powers ("An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture"), which recommended, in a contra-Nietzsche/Maslowian/Sorokinian positing, that humans live as Confucius ~ recommended, and as Plato recommended: apply the golden rule, the general values of categorical imperatives, traditional moralities (e.g. 10 Commandments) that have proved helpful over the millennia, even if one does not have the inner Child Oneness with the holy Father-Mother God.
So, moral truths are, for the Godly, transcendent; for societies in general, even such systems as the U.S. Constitution are very helpful when genuinely applied across the board. "Superiority" is less a consideration for the non-Godly, than Confucian praxis; good, fair moral systems work. Research into the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties confirms that, in any given dynasty, when the Confucian system of merit-based social mobility was corrupted by e.g. nepotism or bribery, within about two generations the excluded talented formed a basis for the rise of the next dynasty, even as the discontent of those excluded served to bring about the fall of the current dynasty.