SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
HUMANITY is a dynamic affair, nay, the most dynamic known, because it is able to transform and direct basic powers. Where power is produced there must be an issue for it. Power must perforce express itself in some form. Electricity produced in the skies comes down in an often disastrous manner. Electricity, produced aimfulty, runs our railroads; just so the enormous power produced by humanity must be used aimfully, in a constructive way or it will burst into insurrections, revolutions and wars.
Hitherto we have been guided by those bottomless sciences having only mythological ideas of power-- by ideas moulded by personal ambitions, personal interests, or downright ignorance. Periodically we have had all the evils of the lack of a common aim and scientific guidance. Power has been held by the "God-given" or the "cleverest"; seldom has the power been given to the "fittest" in the sense of the most capable "to do." Those who speak of the "survival of the fittest," as in the Darwinian theory of animals, bark an animal language. This rule, being natural only in the life of plants and animals
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Publication information: Book title: Manhood of Humanity:The Science and Art of Human Engineering. Contributors: Alfred Korzybski - Author. Publisher: E. P. Dutton. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1921. Page number: 139.
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