Technology and Perfection: Too High a Demand?

William Morris was quoted to have said “No man is good enough to be another’s master.” a statement that can be interpreted by the time he lived in which was an age when machines took the place of artisans and perfection became the demand. In turn, designs were rejected if there was even the tiniest flaw therein. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a rebellion against the idea that handcrafted designs had become obsolete because of their inconsistencies and imperfection.

Is technology doing the same to humanity?

I found this post the other day and it brought up some interesting points about technology. Firstly it discusses some of the issues brought about by the industrial revolution to the design world (which was highly influential to design as we know it). Secondly it touches on the view that technology has caused us to have increased, and in some cases unreasonable demands of people. Though raw in verse, it will get you thinking.

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One response to “Technology and Perfection: Too High a Demand?

  • weisserwatercolours

    It would seem almost our curse as Homo Sapiens that we can envision the Perfect while never quite being able to attain it. We nonetheless strive after it and indeed want to give the impression to others that we have few flaws and are much closer to perfection than they are.

    I was raised the child of a Minister, and developed early in life what I now label as ‘Christ envy’—wanting to be just like Jesus, yet feeling so far from that bar that to even contemplate the idea was depressing.

    More and more I think about the fact that in the end, we are just another species, one like the others, meaning we have our strengths and our vulnerabilities. The problem comes when we think we’re the only species, because then we’re in danger of eliminating all the others.

    To that degree I now take solace in the spirituality of indigenous peoples, whose holistic, broad-based wisdom councils us to appreciate our place in the largeness of things. Indeed, it is through story that we often discover who we are and where we’ve been.

    Technology is really only a tool. We can just as easily reach for a hoe or a shovel as for an iphone or tablet. And often the former is more centring than the latter.

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