An Essay on Man has an important message, especially in regards to this era. Although written in 1732-1734, this work not only illustrates the potential of man, but also their demise. As technology increasese, so does our dependence towards it. We are taking more from the earth than we ever had, and this is due to the rapid growth in the human population. Consumerism is also a threat because it is what drives us to live over our means. The literature is stating that to live within our means equals happiness and harmony. This theme is illustrated in the film Koyaanisqatsi which in English means life without balance. The world always has a way to balance itself out, and us as human beings are pushing the envelope and are attempting to get away with the destruction of our planet.