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Author QuotedJacques Ellul
Title Quotedtechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. Merton
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/11/02
ImprintNew York : Knopf. 1964
QuotationI am going on with Ellul's prophetic and I think very sound diagnosis of the Technological Society. How few people really face the problem! It is the most portentous and apocalyptical thing of all, that we are caught in an automatic self-determining system in which man's choices have largely ceased to count. (The existentialist's freedom in a void seems to imply a despairing recognition of this plight, but it says and does nothing.)
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 161
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