Great Quote: Sigmund Freud

Freud had some great observations about how the technology of his day (wired telephones and railroads) were affecting his world. This quote summarizes his feelings:

“If there had been no railway to conquer distance, my child would never have left town and I should need no telephone to hear his voice.”

I love how Freud encapsulates one of today’s most fascinating phenomena: we create technology to help solve problems created by technology. This seems to beautifully capture the human condition.

(Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: W. W. Norton, 1961, p. 38.)

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John Dyer

In my day job, I work at Dallas Theological Seminary, and at night I write Bible software for countries whose leaders could be called "overlords." This one time, I wrote a book about technology and Christian faith. You can find out more about what I'm up to at

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