Walden Technology and Modernization Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
[Man] has no time to be anything but a machine. (Economy.6)
Technology has a way of dehumanizing the people who use it. Thoreau would probably say that nature, on the other hand, makes us more human.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. (Economy.72)
What would Thoreau have made of the pretty toys we call iPhones?
Men think that it is essential that the Nation have commerce, and export ice, and talk through a telegraph, and ride thirty miles an hour, without a doubt, whether they do or not; but whether we should live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain. (Where I Lived.17)
Thoreau questions our priorities. Should we really be spending our lives trying to ride a zippy at thirty miles an hour, or should we instead turn to the real tough questions about life?