The Paper Economy
In time, immutable rules of conduct enforced under progressively changing conditions should logically result in a muddle.
THERE ARE IMMENSE changes under way in our social economy, as everybody senses; but through this whole earthquake alteration of circumstance, our ideas about the structure of our society have hardly mellowed, much less developed in a rough tandem with events. The muddle is upon us, and the days grow shorter.
The approaching crisis has been occasioned by the awful advance of technology; for the technology which has not been prepared for (or is not soon accommodated socially) is no blessing at all, but the deepest ironic disaster of the human race. The human being today stands poised to be destroyed by his primary biological blessing-his propensity to develop and his capacity to use technique: there is a direct line from the prehensile thumb to the nuclear bomb.
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