Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.

  

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Reaction against the Civilisation of Machinery.  The machine, itself a product of the highest mental powers, sets in motion hardly any but the lower, unthinking forces of the men who serve it.  True, it unfetters a vast quantity of force which would otherwise lie dormant.  But it does not communicate the impulse to climb higher, to improve, to become artistic.  It creates activity and monotony, but this in the long run produces a counter effect, a despairing ennui of the soul, which through machinery has learnt to hanker after the variety of leisure.  
 

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