On Board The Good Ship Earth; A Survey Of World Problems

Paperback | January 19, 2012

byHerbert Quick

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXV THE SOCIAL CRYSTAL WHEN the net result and ultimate meaning of the social unrest of these modern times is discovered and laid bare by posterity, it will be identified in some new height climbed and held by the human mind. Our fixed and dominant idea is progress: but it is well to ask, progress toward what? We are reluctant to believe that the conscious aims which now seem to direct human affairs will be found to be those leading to our real achievement. This is an age of hammers and anvils, of molten, rolled, spun and cast metals, of grinding and mixing, of chaotic building and tearing down, of enormous battling forces. Our material progress seems like the rearing of a Babel tower, ambitious to reach the heavens, but going awry in multitudinous frustrations and futilities because of a confusion of tongues in our ideals and purposes. This must be because we see only the scaffolding, hear little but the noise and uproar of endeavor. The future will see the temple--some fair new fane of the spirit, some simple Parthenon in which a larger philosophy shall dwell. Already the lines of thought seem converging toward a new focus. Listen to the parley of the systems of thought, as they clear the docket of reason's chancery of the old causes of bickering. "God is omnipresent," says the theologian. "The universe is God," says the pantheist. "He is a spirit," replies the theologian. "There is nothing," interposes the materialist, "but force and matter." "What is spirit," asks the transcendentalist, "but pure free activity; force; energy divorced from its carnal bondage to matter; 'thought thinking itself?" "God is the one being infinite and eternal," rejoins the theologian, as if to close the case. "Not so," responds the physicist, "both atoms and force ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXV THE SOCIAL CRYSTAL WHEN the net result and ultimate meaning of the social unrest of these modern times is discove...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217520251

ISBN - 13:9780217520256

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