October 16, 2019
Ignorance, disease, undernourishment, political and economic subjugation are still the most powerful forces stunting individual growth. But it is interesting to note that an essential feature of the individual’s predicament today is that there is no villain. What is pressing the individual is the very nature of modern society. John W. Gardner says that men in the grimmest moments of modern industrialism are no more miserable than the Egyptian slaves who built the pyramids. It is neither science nor advanced technology that causes the trouble. The root of the difficulty is an attitude of mind that has never really died out in the world, nor perhaps even diminished greatly since the days of the Pharaohs— a willingness to sacrifice human values to other objectives. He further claims that life is harsh, and it has always been harsh. The only sensible view of life is, and has always been, based on a clear-eyed recognition—not necessarily acceptance—of the elements of tragedy, irony and absurdity in life.
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