Tolkien on the Machine

J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to Milton Waldman

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“By the last [Machine] I intend all use of external plans and devices (apparatus) instead of development of the inherent powers or talents- or even the use of these talents with the corrupted motive of dominating:  bulldozing the real world, or coercing other wills.  The Machine is our more obvious modern form though more closely related to Magic than is usually recognized.”

~J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to Milton Waldman


Allow Machinery Magazine to illustrate the point with this video presentation of “Amazing” Excavator Mulchers- touted as the “Fastest Land Clearing Equipment.”

To us it’s not amazing at all, rather the use of such machinery and their destructive power is quite simply obscene.

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