Cell and Psyche: The Biology of Purpose

Cell and Psyche: The Biology of Purpose

Cell and Psyche: The Biology of Purpose

Cell and Psyche: The Biology of Purpose

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In the clamor and confusion of our times one fact grows ever clearer--beliefs are important. One of the major problems with which men now are faced--perhaps, indeed, the most important one--is the wide disagreement which still exists in their fundamental philosophies. What course a man will follow, or a nation, is set in no small measure by his basic creed, by what he really thinks about the true nature of a human being-- his personality, his freedom, his destiny, his relations to others and to the rest of the universe; by the judgments he makes as to what qualities and courses of action are admirable and should command his allegiance. These are not academic questions merely. They are ancient mysteries which long have troubled human hearts and seem today almost as far as ever from solution. The answer a man gives to them is the most significant thing that one can know about him. We may be tempted to underestimate the importance of these inner directives and turn instead to outer influences, to economic and social factors, as more decisive for our actions. But when we look at what the philosophy of Marx has done to set one- half the world against the other, at the basic divergence between the thinking of East and West, and at so many other differences in political and religious beliefs which . . .

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