“As We May Think”

“They have increased his control of the material environment. They have improved his food, his clothing, his shelter; they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence”  

This passage comes from within the first paragraph of page 1. It resonates strongly with me because of how directly the author addressed his overall theme from the very beginning of his writing. This was a time when technological advancements were not yet being doubted, denied or questioned, but rather desired and pursued. Bush made an excellent point by emphasizing that the extensions of science had brought about drastic changes for society that he knew would immensely impact the future for everyone. It is astounding to me looking back on how this article was composed 70 years ago and yet such accurate predictions were already being made about the modern day. Our society has certainly progressed from its ancient roots. Our physiological and psychological functions have expanded over the years. However, the question of whether these functions have genuinely improved our everyday lives or just simply altered them. Bare existence cannot always be viewed as bondage either. Otherwise, how are people still capable of appreciating activities such as camping and other adventures that involve “living off the land”, especially without any phones or other forms of wireless assistance? It is challenging to decide whether I fully support or oppose the author’s view just because of how controversial this particular statement truly is.