In truth, Ellul contended, technology should be seen as a unified entity, an overwhelming force that has already escaped our control. That force is turning the world around us into something cold and mechanical, and—whether we realize it or not—transforming human beings along with it.
Because human beings are hopelessly inefficient by technique’s exacting standards, they must be forced or seduced into conforming more precisely to its demands.
He did, however, endorse two more general antidotes to the technological dilemma. The first was faith.
His second suggestion was to recognize as clearly as possible the character and temptations of technique and resist them.
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