Atomic Power and Moral Faith

Atomic Power and Moral Faith

Atomic Power and Moral Faith

Atomic Power and Moral Faith

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In this era of unprecedented advance in technology, when humanity is "just learning how to drive," it is now suddenly confronted with a new and unparalleled unleashing of power whose widest use is only a brief matter of time. If such resources were confined to the arts of peace, this momentous discovery would gradually be geared to maximum human advantage. But with the ever-lurking arts of destruction appropriating every tool at hand, it is little wonder that scientists who have released this power and foresee its potentialities are warning us against complacency in the shaping of the atomic age.

A wide discrepancy between scientific progress and adequate social controls for human welfare has long been apparent. A year before the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima, Dr. Raymond Fosdick, in his report of the Rockefeller Foundation, emphasized that "the supreme question which confronts our generation today--the question before which all other problems are merely corollaries-- is whether our technology can be brought under control." In the full sense of cosmic power and conclusiveness, the issue is now clearly drawn as never before, and only the cosmic mind of man can answer

It is the good fortune of society to discover from time to time one whose broad grasp of social phenomena makes him exceptionally qualified to deal with our most critical problems and opportunities. Perhaps no one in America combines so fully as does the author of these . . .

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