A commentary on achievement and progress:
“Man has invented, not only houses, but clothes and cooked food; and possibly from the accidental discovery of the warmth of fire, and the consequent use of it, at first a luxury, arose the present necessity to sit by it.”
At the beginning of civilization, man was fully capable of sustaining his life by his own hands. The progression of civilization and the development of new technologies allowed for more immediate and efficient ways of providing those necessities. Since then we have created more than we ever thought would be humanly possible—men who were once bound to the ground are no longer and soon we may discover how to travel through time.
It would seem that the more we accomplish and the more we understand about the world, the stronger we should become and more powerful we should be. But God has made a way of keeping us perfectly dependent on the things we create so that we remain in our humbly intended place. With all of our creations, life becomes easier but our dependencies become greater. Our constant achievements are deceiving in comparison to all that we have lost in the process.
This is not a negative commentary on the state of humanity, it is a hopeful recognition that we can find solace in our weakness.
“Put them in fear, O Lord; let the nations know that they are but men.”