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Contemporary civilization now rises majestically

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contemporary civilization now rises majestically toward a distant zenith or in reality has already begun to sink rapidly toward a nadir near at hand…” (Beard 266). Beard is trying to saying that all nations around the world have this decision that lies ahead of them; do they retreat to feudalism and basic ways of living as before or do they try to strive forward into the new age? Many people had many a criticism to this new way of life. Beard pointed out three of the most common criticisms which were: aesthetics, religion, and lacking humanitarianism. What one thing in particular I like about Beard’s writing, is he shows where these criticisms are coming from and how they could be viewed in a different light that could make this new way of living all right. In the aesthetics aspect, the main criticism of the old days was that people lost all
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their creativity, freedom, and joys if they were to work in a factory because of the monotony of the assembly line. Beard agrees that there is monotony but that if people would just wait it out, maybe projects like the garden-city movement will improve the aesthetics of not only the factory towns but maybe the people’s work too. As for the religion criticism, the main concern of the critics cry was that industrial life
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