'Cannot you see, cannot all you lecturers see, that it is we that are dying, and that down here the only thing that really lives is the Machine?'Forster, ''The Machine Stops'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)
This story really makes you think. All of the advancing technology we have does make everything much more convenient, but like everything else, we need to be careful we don't go too far with it. In this story, everything is connected to the Machine. No one in this underground civilization can survive without it, as is proved at the end. People constantly refer to it as if it is a person--and it does at times almost seem as if it is the Machine that controls the people, instead of the other way around. People even begin to worship the thing as if it is some devine being. It really is sad that only one character seems to realize this--and due to his original thinking, he is threatened with Homelessness (a punishment thought to mean death). No one is original anymore. All originality is shunned and thought to be "blasphemous"--yet another way in which it is clear that people seem to think the Machine is divine. It is a very disturbing thought.