Manhood of Humanity by Alfred Korzybski PDF

By Alfred Korzybski

ISBN-10: 093729800X

ISBN-13: 9780937298008

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By Alfred Korzybski

ISBN-10: 093729800X

ISBN-13: 9780937298008

The booklet has no illustrations or index. buyers are entitled to a loose trial club within the normal Books membership the place they could make a choice from greater than 1000000 books for free of charge. topics: people; development; guy; heritage / normal; heritage / Social heritage; Language Arts

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Page 38 de 134 Even so eminent a philosopher and psychologist as Spencer tells us: "Of self-evident truths so dealt with, the one which here concerns us is that a creature must live before it can act.... Ethics has to recognize the truth that egoism comes before altruism. This is true for ANIMALS, because animals die out from lack of food when their natural supply of it is insufficient because they have NOT THE CAPACITY TO PRODUCE ARTIFICIALLY. But it is not true for the HUMAN DIMENSION. Why not?

Page 38 de 134 Even so eminent a philosopher and psychologist as Spencer tells us: "Of self-evident truths so dealt with, the one which here concerns us is that a creature must live before it can act.... Ethics has to recognize the truth that egoism comes before altruism. This is true for ANIMALS, because animals die out from lack of food when their natural supply of it is insufficient because they have NOT THE CAPACITY TO PRODUCE ARTIFICIALLY. But it is not true for the HUMAN DIMENSION. Why not?

What is to be our definition of Man? Like the animals, human beings do indeed possess the space-binding capacity but, over and above that, human beings possess a most remarkable capacity which is entirely peculiar to them-I mean the capacity to summarise, digest and appropriate the labors and experiences of the past; I mean the capacity to use the fruits of past labors and experiences as intellectual or spiritual capital for developments in the present; I mean the capacity to employ as instruments of increasing power the accumulated achievements of the all-precious lives of the past generations spent in trial and error, trial and success; I mean the capacity of human beings to conduct their lives in the ever increasing light of inherited wisdom; I mean the capacity in virtue of which man is at once the heritor of the by-gone ages and the trustee of posterity.

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