As he got older, he developed the theme. In "Discourse on the Arts and Sciences" (1750), he argued that the advancement of art and science had not been beneficial to mankind. He proposed that the progress of knowledge had made governments more powerful, and crushed individual liberty. He concluded that material progress had actually undermined the possibility of sincere friendship, replacing it with jealousy, fear and suspicion, and this was a major bummer.
In 1765, an Englishman named James Watt invented the steam-engine, which inspired a wave of changes in the social organization that came to be known as the Industrial Revolution.
The Nineteenth Century
You're a smart little feller if you think that the 1800s were time of immense social change all over the world. A whole lot of wars that you know the names of took place. In the United States, a bitter and bloody civil war ended in 1865, signaling an end to the practice of slavery. Slavery was an abomination and a blot on our history, but on the other hand, almost every one of us has fantasized about what it must have been like to have slaves. You could tell them to do just about anything you wanted. You could say, for instance, "Run over there as fast as you can." And at night you could scare the shit out of them by riding a horse right through the middle of their village.
One war in the 1800s you might not have heard of is the Greek War of Independence, in which a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire in 1821 led to Greek control of the Pelopennese peninsula.
In 1867, Ivan Turgenev published Smoke, which helped revive his career somewhat after the derivative and poorly-received Diary of a Superfluous Man.
Some of the Things that Went on in Nazi Concentration Camps
Hangings, beatings, rapes, flayings, the conversion of human beings into gloves, lampshades, hairbrushes and rope, mass shootings, incinerations, the gassing of tons of people with Zyklon-B, which is like cyanide, tender friendships between guards, fear that the job isn't getting done, abortive attempts at literary careers, the pulling out of teeth, military entertainment akin to our U.S.O. shows, furtive glances at gates momentarily left open, the panicked running of fingers over one's own ribs, screams in the middle of the night, soccer, surprisingly good sex, the hoarding of twins, not much in the way of medical advances, fights over access to the Officer's Club, pining for new dress uniforms, the separation of children from their parents, varying levels of efficiency, and the baking of a cake for the kommandant of Treblinka, who didn't eat it because he wasn't sure what it was made out of.
Super Bowl III
Broadway Joe shocked the Colts
New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts
The Jets were 17 1/2 point underdogs, but in the end they exposed the myth of National Football League superiority over the "little league" as a colossal fraud, inflicting a 16-7 disaster on the Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl.
It was the Jets' defense, best in the American Football League, which dominated the contest and chased baffled Cinderella quarterback Earl Morrall out with 3 minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Jets intercepted four passes, three against Morrall in the second period, and storied Jets QB "Broadway Joe" Namath capitalized on the emotional pickup of the first one by taking the Jets 80 yards for a touchdown, with fullback Matt Snell hammering over from four yards out.
Unitas needed 14 plays and two personal-foul penalties against the Jets to take the Colts 80 yards for a touchdown on a one-yard plunge by fullback Jerry Hall. That came with 3:19 left in the game, and the Colts raised a roar among the stunned sellout crowd of 75,377 in the Orange Bowl when they recovered an ensuing onside kickoff at the New York 44-yard line.