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Full text of "Man In The Modern World"

MAN IN THE  MODERN  WORLD

their welfare, development, and active participation in social
processes. A further democratic criterion, applicable in the
immediate future, is equal co-operation in international organ-
ization, including the treatment of backward peoples as potential
equals.

Seventh. The revolution, like the war, must be consciously accepted
and deliberately entered upon. Formally, this can be accom-
plished by proclaiming war aims or peace aims which include the
achieving of the revolution. This releases the latent dynamism of
the nation and the social system.

Eighth and last. This again can be done on a democratic as well as on
a totalitarian basis. By deliberately entering on the revolution in
a fully democratic way it is possible to arrive* at satisfactory and
detailed war or peace aims which will release the powerful forces
latent in the democracies, shorten the war, and, if implemented,
produce a stable peace.

There is our proposition of political Euclid in skeleton form. Let
us now take its bare bones and clothe them with convincing ile.sh and
blood.

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Point Number One was that the war is a symptom of a world
revolution. Clearly the first thing to do about a revolution is to
recognize it as a fact. Surprisingly enough, however, it is quite
possible to ignore its existence. Just as Monsieur Jourcluia in
Moliirc's Bourgeois Gentilhommc discovered that he had been speaking
prose all his life without knowing it, so many people to-day are
beginning to discover that they have been living in a revolution with-
out knowing it, and many others have still to discover this surprising
phenomenon.
This is possible, partly because a world revolution is so vast in
scope and, even though it proceeds at a rate far faster than that of
history in its more normal phases, so gradual compared with the
happenings of everyday life. The ordinary man sees his taxes raised,
or unemployment go up, or banks crash down, or the central govern-
ment extend its control, or war break out in some remote part of the
globe; and he is concerned with each incident as an event in itself,
not as a symptom of a larger process. It is also partly because most
of us dislike radical change; after all, it is a somewhat dubious
privilege to be living in anything so drastic as a revolution. Because
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