Man, technology and nature


Juan Manuel Criniti and Sofía Moyano


1- Find three quotations by well-known people and explain them

  • Technology… is a queer thing. It bring you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other” – Carrie Snow

This quotation explains how technology can make incredible things but we have to be careful because with the passing of time machines are more and more advance and one day they may take our place. 

  • One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

Elbert is trying to say that technology is so advanced that machines can do almost everything we do and replace us, but no machine can do what an extraordinary man does. 

  • But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself” – Rachel Carson

What we understand from this quote is that the war against nature is a war against us because we are part of nature and if we fight nature we are fighting ourselves. 

2- How are they related to any of the poems or stories studied?

The first quote is related to the poem There Will Come Soft Rains, since it talks about how technology can do great things for us and make our lives easier, however, It has some negative aspects and as it is evolving very quickly it might replace humanity. The second quote is also related to the poem There Will Come Soft Rains because it explains that although technology can do many things for us, it will never be as skilled as one incredible man. The third and last quote is also related to the poem There Will Come Soft Rains, since after attempting a war against nature, man is attempting a war against himself, which will end up with nothing but his own devastation.

3- Create your own poem to express your feelings on this topic.

With this picture, we are expressing how technology is like a mask, that is keeping us away from nature, and is preventing our relationship with it. We have like an addiction to it, we spend hours or even days trapped inside our houses using anything but technology. Not only it is bad for us, but it also interrupts our interaction with nature and the real world.

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