The Machine Stops (4:04)

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The world is a machine. We are all cogs on the wheel. Blind idealism toward the “next step” in evolution. However, if we are just aimlessly evolving throughout time, any idea of humanity trying to work toward some “purpose” is blind, meaningless ambition, and humankind becomes a sort of machine- churning and shifting gears, but never actually achieving a goal. But what good is a machine without a purpose? The man chooses to, in his mind, “stop” the machine. Detach himself from the world, and the machine. Not that such detachment is a good thing, but to fully understand truth, he must first see himself outside of the “machine.”

(themes borrowed from a short story of the same name http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html)

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