Sunday, March 23, 2014

Art Versus The Machine

"There is the tragedy and despair of all machinery laid bare. Unlike art which is content to create a new secondary world in the mind, it attempts to actualize desire, and so to create power in this World; and that cannot really be done with any real satisfaction. Labor-saving machinery only creates endless and worse labour. And in addition to this fundamental disability of a creature, is added the Fall, which makes our devices not only fail of their desire, but turn to new and horrible evil. And so we turn inevitably from Daedalus and Icarus to the Giant Bomber. It is not an advance in wisdom!"

- J.R.R. Tolkien

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