An Essay on Morals by Philip Wylie

By Philip Wylie

A daring and provocative indictment of our sleek global. "...this publication will most likely offend as many alternative different types of humans and as many issues of view as any oather booklet in print." - the recent Yorker

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By Philip Wylie

A daring and provocative indictment of our sleek global. "...this publication will most likely offend as many alternative different types of humans and as many issues of view as any oather booklet in print." - the recent Yorker

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Use time. Know. Then think. And act only after these. We have had quite a little time to use, now. How did the people employ it? What have been their various reactions to the natural fact of atomic energy--the objective finding, at last, of a force which is parallel to the energies of instinct, as ultimate, as fundamental, as susceptible of good or evil, of creation or destruction--the very crystal analogue for instinct? The people called for the Army. The positive archetype of the soldier is courage.

Both are wrong. One is a ship foundering beyond the horizon. The other is a ship raised into the sky by mirage. God is on both sides. A greater and a wiser description, one which includes and explains the antagonistic elements, is needed. But there is none, because each man in his ego way of life knows that his very character is here at stake; the reputation of armies is invested in the battle; all proud significance of the nations is entangled--two "ways of life" have met head-on. Who sees it is instinct?

Billions of stars shine in every quarter of the firmament; ours is a modest sun among them. Thousands upon thousands of cool bodies revolve around them with various gravities and climates, drinking the energy. The probability that our awareness is the only one, or the highest--evolving here or regressing somewhere else--becomes the vainest of vanities. And it is the oldest-that we are the Center of the Universe--the stupidity of which we know today. Shall we not also revise the accompanying stupidity of the idea that we are the one, incarnate, absolute center of God Almighty?

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