Whether we find a joke funny or not largely depends on where we have been brought up.
... has never appealed to ....
The quiet life of the country has never appealed to me.
Although ... may be the most powerful impulses to ... , there are others.
Although truth and justice may be the most powerful impulses to show moral courage, there are others. Compassion is one of them.
With the advent of ... we have the promise of ...
With the advent of the new phase of technology we call automation, we have the promise both of greater leisure and even greater material and intellectual riches.
... have come to pervade every aspect of our lives, and, as a result, ...
Science and technology have come to pervade every aspect of our lives, and, as a result, society is changing at a speed which is quite unprecedented.
... is quite the opposite.
The other side of the picture is quite the opposite.
... is only part of the picture.
This idyllic pastoral scene is only part of the picture.
... has an ambivalence... it ... but ...
The car has a curious ambivalence：it creates and then it destroys mobility. The car tempts people further out and then gives them the appalling problem of getting back. It makes them believe they can spend Sunday in Brighton, but makes it impossible for them to return before, say, two in the morning.