„Could technology, understood as the disposition and activity of mastery, turn out to be a stumbling block in the path of the master himself?“

Fonte: The Problem of Technology (1993), p. 9

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American academic 1939

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„A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.“

—  Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 a.C.

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„The master is himself an animal, and needs a master.“

—  Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804

Sixth Thesis
Variant translations:
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
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Contexto: The master is himself an animal, and needs a master. Let him begin it as he will, it is not to be seen how he can procure a magistracy which can maintain public justice and which is itself just, whether it be a single person or a group of several elected persons. For each of them will always abuse his freedom if he has none above him to exercise force in accord with the laws. The highest master should be just in himself, and yet a man. This task is therefore the hardest of all; indeed, its complete solution is impossible, for from such crooked wood as man is made of, nothing perfectly straight can be built. That it is the last problem to be solved follows also from this: it requires that there be a correct conception of a possible constitution, great experience gained in many paths of life, and — far beyond these — a good will ready to accept such a constitution. Three such things are very hard, and if they are ever to be found together, it will be very late and after many vain attempts.

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„Courage, brother! do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble,
Trust in God and do the Right.“

—  Norman MacLeod (1812–1872) Scottish clergyman and author (1812–1872) 1812 - 1872

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„Man is the animal that draws lines which he himself then stumbles over.“

—  Piet Hein Danish puzzle designer, mathematician, author, poet 1905 - 1996

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Contexto: Man is the animal that draws lines which he himself then stumbles over. In the whole pattern of civilization there have been two tendencies, one toward straight lines and rectangular patterns and one toward circular lines. There are reasons, mechanical and psychological, for both tendencies. Things made with straight lines fit well together and save space. And we can move easily — physically or mentally — around things made with round lines. But we are in a straitjacket, having to accept one or the other, when often some intermediate form would be better.

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„Most of the early Christian writers thought the text "I and my Father are one," was to be understood of an unity or harmony of disposition only.“

—  Joseph Priestley, livro An History of the Corruptions of Christianity

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Contexto: Most of the early Christian writers thought the text "I and my Father are one," was to be understood of an unity or harmony of disposition only. Thus Tertullian observes, that the expression is unum, one thing, not one person; and he explains it to mean unity, likeness, conjunction, and of the love that the Father bore to the Son. Origen says, "let him consider that text, 'all that believed were of one heart and of one soul,' and then he will understand this, 'I and my Father are one.'"

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„It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills. They are technologically very advanced.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

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„Write your way out of a thinking block—because you'll never think your way out of a writing block.“

—  Merlin Mann American blogger 1966

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