Comment 6 of 67, added on August 24th, 2005 at 3:18 AM.
The poem talks about the relationship between human and technology in the
modern world. Human is cruel creature who takes everything for granted. He
is trapped by the rapid development of technology and by its benefits
regardless its negative effects. Moreover, through the progress he thinks
he has superiority over the world but he actually is not that significant,
just a tiny element of the universe. Human beings have perceived themselves
as the supreme creature that is better that the others. The disillusion of
the modern world has thrived along with artificial invention which replaced
nature. The crooked perception of human is in crisis. What human wants to
do is to explore another good place.
We should concentrate on the writer’s attitude toward the society which is
in many ways greatly affecting the theme of the poetry. Cummings is against
the industrialization, materialism, capitalism in the contemporary world.
He sees them as man-made artificial circumstances which have gradually
eroded human spirit and natural things. He is fully aware of the
destructive power contributed by the human development in materialistic
side so he conveys the idea to the reader.
The nasty aspect they exploit the progress is that human beings celebrate
themselves to be the most unsurpassed in the world. They are proud on their
capability in the invention of facilities regardless focus both on its bad
and good sides. For instance, the country’s military defense could instruct
the sense of power which makes the nation at ease with affairs of state or
becomes a superpower but could be a disease because it has inhuman impacts
on the human race as we can see in the wars which were the important
merciless events in history. Consequently, the race is being consuming by
its own creation more and more sometimes without any awareness. Eventually,
man may be damaged by his hand.
In addition, human beings have to lost many natural qualities to exchange
with the improvement. Nowadays, they become addicted to the rapid growth of
the progress and here come problems. This is because when they rely on the
development then they have lost a sense to survive without it like a
machine has reduced inherited human skill and labor. The general example
found everywhere is the widespread use of the Internet, a kind of
easy-to-use devices smartly invented by human. This system of connected
computers allows users around the world to exchange information about
almost everything. However, as everything this convenient access brings
about harm as well such as the obsession on computers or sources of
destruction of misfortune as online gambling or naked websites which
eventually cause the crime.
Man could right now realize everything they have been doing before it is
too late. But what does such a creature who has such twisted insights can
deal with? The best method might have to be given by all the races.
Probably, most awful, there is no any definite solution to the problem
since the case is hopeless.
Comment 5 of 67, added on August 19th, 2005 at 1:51 PM.
I think Life and death lying safely beyond, is how progress can not effect
life or death, because we will still die, and for death to occur we need
The line about magnifying humanity to actually seem more important then we
are...a sharp razor blade, that when examined closer is just a bunch of
Cummings was an absolute genius.
And the last line revealing it from the viewpoint of a higher being..
Who give up on humanities self destructive path of progress, is almost