Generative Man: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Generative Man: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Generative Man: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Generative Man: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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The major problem facing mankind in this last half of the twentieth century is now becoming clear. That problem is this: How can the runaway economic and technological expansion of Western society be slowed down without prematurely destroying the potential contributions to human good that our technocratic society might conceivably make? Events in recent years have made it abundantly clear that Western society cannot continue for many more years along its present path. The ecological crisis facing the world has put into question the mere physical survival of the human race. In addition, the quality of life in modern societies, especially in American society, has steadily come under more telling criticism in recent years. Not only are there doubts about the continuing survival of man, but it is not altogether certain that if extinction is averted, life will actually be worth living.

The shock of recognition for the general population has come only within recent months. The entire world--but especially the West--has maneuvered itself into an unfavorable ratio between its expanding populations, its economic and technological growth, and the ecological destruction being unleashed upon the environment. There appears to be no possible way for the Western industrial societies to maintain their present standard of living, rates of population growth, and speed of economic expansion without finally burying themselves under a mountain of poisonous debris. The great liberal goal of raising the world population to a standard of living equal to the West must now . . .

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