A Search for Civilization

A Search for Civilization

A Search for Civilization

A Search for Civilization

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It is one of the great misfortunes of our era that, as men and women everywhere become increasingly interdependent, their training and their occupations become increasingly concerned with special subjects and special interests. The universal is more and more forgotten in the particular at a time when human survival is coming, to depend as never before upon the common humanity of those who make the irrevocable decisions. With greater happiness than was ever before possible within our grasp, this misfortune may lead to total tragedy unless we can pluck the universal out of the particular in ways that will give it a concrete reality which it has lacked, and so, while retaining the richness of diversity, relate each particular to a universal purpose in which all men and women can share. Such a purpose could change men's thought, could help them to discover within them richer selves, so that they could find outlets for their energies in peace and construction never before open to them.

An old world is going out. A Search for Civilization is published in the hope it may help us to find a better one, that it may show there is an alternative to the total tragedy--the extinction of our race--which no lover of . . .

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