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Manhood of Humanity.
It is the aim of this little book to point the way to a new science and artthe science and art of Human Engineering. By Human Engineering I mean the science and art of directing the energies and capacities of human beings to the advancement of human weal. It need not be argued in these times that the establishment of such a sciencethe science of human welfareis an undertaking of immeasurable importance. No one can fail to see that its importance is supreme. It is evident that, if such a science is to be established it must be founded on ascertained factsit must accord with what is characteristic of Manit must be based upon a just conception of what Man [pg 002] isupon a right understanding of Man's place in the scheme of Nature. No one need be told how indispensable it is to have true ideasjust conceptscorrect notionsof the things with which we humans have to deal; everyone knows for example, that to mistake solids for surfaces or lines would wreck the science and art of geometry; anyone knows that to confuse fractions with whole numbers would wreck the science and art of arithmetic; everyone knows that to mistake vice for virtue would destroy the foundation of ethics; everyone knows that to mistake a desert mirage for a lake of fresh water does but lure the fainting traveler to dire disappointment or death. Now, it is perfectly clear that of all the things with which human beings have to deal, the most important by far is Man himselfhumankindmen, women and children. It follows that for us human beings nothing else can be quite so important as a clear, true, just, scientific concept of Mana right understanding of what we as human beings really are. For it requires no great wisdom, it needs only a little reflection, to see that, if we humans radically misconceive the nature of manif we regard man as being something which he is not, whether it be something higher than man or lowerwe thereby commit an error so fundamental and far reaching as to produce [pg 003] every manner of confusion and disaster in individual life, in community life and in the life of the race. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 25457
Author: Korzybski, Alfred
Release Date: May 13, 2008
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