Time and the Machine

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In Aldous Huxley’s “Time and the Machine” the author is unenthusiastic with the use of the present generation’s use of time management as opposed to previous generations. In the past, people were more involved with nature, they enjoyed taking walks and kids ran and played outside more. Nowadays more children would prefer to remain in doors and play video games or surf the internet instead of a game of “jump rope.” Nature is relevant in this work due to the author’s frustration with time being spent elsewhere instead of with nature. Place is referred to how time is different between generations of the past and generations of the future.
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Huxley’s view that the concept of time is a fairly new innovation, brought on by the rise of industrialization, really makes the reader pause and reflect on the fast-paced society we live in today. In a society where our days are packed full, it is difficult to find the time to slow down and just enjoy what is around us. One such thing that is often sacrificed is time spent in nature. I would venture to say that a large percentage of children living in urban areas have little to no interaction with nature. Everyone should experience being out in the woods with the only sounds being the animals noises, the wind blowing through the trees, and the relaxing flow of a nearby stream. I for one enjoy taking the time to relax on my back porch surrounded by the trees and birds and forget about all the demands and deadlines for a little while.
Great post Mallory! I agree with Huxley’s perception of today’s generations’ use of time. As a child growing up I remember playing outside from early morning until the street lights would come on. My mother would have to scream my name to make me come home to hydrate myself or to eat. Today’s generation normally go outside to jump in a car for a ride to school. Nature is wonderful and more people should enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.
Steven Kirsch
In Aldous Huxley’s “Time and the Machine” the

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