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    The Machine Stops – A Parable to Modern Society’s Collapse

    “No one confessed the Machine was out of hand. Year by year it was served with increased efficiency and decreased intelligence. The better a man knew his own duties upon it, the less he understood the duties of his neighbor, and in all the world there was not one who understood the monster as a whole. Those master brains had perished.”    ― E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops   One aspect of modern civilization we don’t give much thought to is how precarious it is. The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, was a highly disruptive event and almost destabilized the world economy. Yet, had it instead transpired a century ago, it…