The Salvaging of Civilization: The Probable Future of Mankind

The Salvaging of Civilization: The Probable Future of Mankind

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The Salvaging of Civilization: The Probable Future of Mankind

The Salvaging of Civilization: The Probable Future of Mankind

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In my opening argument I have shown the connection between the present intense political troubles of the world and more particularly of Europe, and the advance in mechanical knowledge during the past hundred and fifty years. I have shown that without a very drastic readjustment of political ideas and habits, there opens before Europe and the world generally, a sure prospect of degenerative conflicts; that without such a readjustment, our civilization has passed its zenith and must continue the process of collapse that has been in progress since August, 1914.

Now this readjustment means an immediate conflict with existing patriotism. We have embarked here upon a discussion in which emotion and passion seem quite unavoidable, the discussion of nationality. At the very outset we bump violently against patriotism as any European understands that word. And it is, I hold, impossible not to bump against European patriotisms. We cannot temporize with patriotism, as one finds it in Europe, and get on towards a common human welfare. The two things are flatly opposed. One or the other must be sacrificed. The political and social . . .

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