Technology – means to what end?

I think the key is to keep in mind our “ends”. Thoreau: “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end”. If our “end” is not simply to get more and more “stuff” done but to actually improve ourselves and the world around us, then alongside technology – which improves our situation – we need books, teachers, preachers, silence, and the occasional experience of the “good old fashion way” – which improves our “selves”.

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