Sunday, December 23, 2018

On The Industrial Revolution

For several years, I have been of the view that the Industrial Revolution which began in the 1760s did not end in the 1840s; it is still continuing. Modernism, postmodernism, and all the big or small political movements that the world has seen in the last 200 years, are minor forces in comparison to the Industrial Revolution. Now while reading Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, I find this interesting point on the Industrial Revolution (Chapter 8: “The Drive for Power”):

"Where would a man like me be, where would you be, if we had been born before 1800? We still live in the middle of the Industrial Revolution and find it hard to see its implications, but the future will say of it that in the ascent of man it is a step, a stride, as powerful as the Renaissance. The Renaissance established the dignity of man. The Industrial Revolution established the unity of nature."

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