“…nothing is more unfair or a greater waste of time than to protest and fight against the increasing leisure towards which the machine is inexorably leading us. Without the very automatic processes whose business it is to make our various bodily organs work “on their own”, none of us, it is obvious, would have any “leisure” to create, to love, to think: the necessity to look after our ”metabolism” would occupy us entirely (p104-105).
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Man’s Place in Nature: The Human Zoological Group
Written 1949, Harper’s 1956, English trans 1966