Deus Ex Machina

Man today, wearing the mask of a giant, has become a weak, helpless being dependent on the machines he made, and hence on the leaders who guarantee the proper functioning of the society that produces the machines, dependent on a well-functioning business, frightened to death of losing all the props of being "a man without rank and without title," of just being, of being challenged by the question "Who am I?"

-- Erich Fromm

(Cribbed from Poetic Outlaws)

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