A class of people is growing up who are unexploitable because they are not worth employing even for the minimum wage. Technological progress makes whole categories of people useless without making it possible to support them with the wealth produced by the progress.
Because of the myth of progress, it is much easier to sell a man an electric razor than a straight-edged one.
Belief is reassuring. People who live in the world of belief feel safe. On the contrary, faith is forever placing us on the razor's edge.
Education no longer has a humanist end or any value in itself; it has only one goal, to create technicians.
Enclosed within his artificial creation, man finds that there is 'no exit'; that he cannot pierce the shell of technology again to find the ancient milieu to which he was adapted for hundreds of thousands of years.
Fate operates when people give up.
Freedom is completely without meaning unless it is related to necessity, unless it represents victory over necessity.
In sum, thought and reflection have been rendered thoroughly pointless by the circumstances in which modern men and women live and act.
It is the multiplication of men who are exluded from working which provokes war. We ought at least to bear this in mind when we boast of the continual decrease in human participation in technical operations.
Mass media provides the essential link between the individual and the demands of the technological society.
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
No one knows where we are going, the aim of life has been forgotten, the end has been left behind. Man has set out at tremendous speed- to go nowhere.
Our civilization is first and foremost a civilization of means; in the reality of modern life, the means, it would seem, are more important than the ends.
Science brings to the light of day everything man had believed sacred. Technique takes possession of it and enslaves it.
Technique has taken over the whole of civilization. Death, procreation, birth all submit to technical efficiency and systemization.
The biblical teaching is clear. It always contests political power.
The fact of knowing how to read is nothing, the whole point is knowing what to read.
The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.
The machine is a tool. But it is not a neutral tool. We are deeply influenced by the machine while using it.
The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment.
The will of the world is always a will to death, a will to suicide. We must not accept this suicide, and we must so act that it cannot take place.
There is one act par excellence which profanes money by going directly against the law of money, an act for which money is not made. That act is giving.
Thinking has become a superfluous exercise... purely internal, without compelling force, more or less a game.
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