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What do you think the writer was conveying when he included this piece of dialogue? Wendel Berry uses it as an epigraph on one of his lectures about man ruining the earth. 

 

"Because a thing is going strong now, it need not go strong for ever,” Margaret said. “This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years. It may be followed by a civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth.” E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910)

 

My thoughts are that man through commercialism, science and technology and greed is moving so rapidly, but they will reach a limit. Hence, "...civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth.”

 

That limit may be linked to Gen 3:  "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

 

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16 hours ago, Jim McC said:

"Because a thing is going strong now, it need not go strong for ever,” Margaret said. “This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years. It may be followed by a civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth.” E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910)

 

I don't think its that deep, @Jim McC.  He's just saying that nothing will last forever, which any observant thinker already knows.

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It would be interesting to know the context of the quote. I disagree about "This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years." I would argue that "nothing is new under the sun" and that part of man's fallenness, tied to man's pride and desire to control and dictate his own fate and morality, is this craze for motion that has always been around. At the same time, to say all desire for motion is wrong is also irrespective of the truth, for I believe it was Will Rogers who said, Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. 

 

Consider your walk with the Lord. There is no such thing as standing still in your relationship with the Lord. You are either growing or stagnating. There is no in-between... no fence to sit upon. No lukewarm. There is always some form of motion. 

 

So... ultimately, my take on the quote really does depend upon what the context of the quote was about. 

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