Manhood of Humanity: The Science and Art of Human Engineering

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CHAPTER VI
CAPITALISTIC ERA

THE immortal work done by Descartes, Newton and Leibnitz was to discover powerful methods for mathematics--the only fit language for expressing the laws of nature.

Human Engineering will be the science by which the great social problems will be solved. For the first time since the first day of man, humanity will really understand its own nature and status; and will learn to direct scientifically the living and the non-living forces for construction, avoiding unnecessary destruction and waste.

It may seem strange but it is true that the time- binding exponential powers, called humans, do not die--their bodies die but their achievements live forever--a permanent source of power. All of our precious possessions--science, acquired by experience, accumulated wealth in all fields of life--are kinetic and potential use-values created and left by by-gone generations; they are humanity's treasures produced mainly in the past, and conserved for our use, by that peculiar function or power of man for the binding of time. That the natural trend of life

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