Reflections on the human condition

Both iron discilpine and blind faith strive to eliminate the pause of hesitation before action, while the discipline that mechanizes and civilizes aims at widening the interval between impulse and execution.

Both the natural and the mechanical are the opposite of that which is uniquely human.

When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it. Man is godlike when he makes nature pliable and responsive, but becomes an anti-God when he turns human beings into a plastic mass that he can knead at will. For God turned clay into man, while the anti-God turns man into malleable clay.

Eric Hoffer

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