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The Lost Virtue of Restraint

August 1st, 2008 | 4 min read

By Keith E. Buhler

Technology makes anything possible; it doesn't make everything good. One of the many reasons I like Wall-E, more and more each time I see it (three so far), is that it doesn't picture technology as good or technology as bad; it pictures technology as a means to an end, made good or bad by the goodness or badness of that end. It was Huxley I believe who observed that the "triumph of science" has merely been to "improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends."

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