Social life is made up of individual lives, that is why it contains everything which belongs to
each person individually. Still, the situation here is more complex. Each
person has his own path of life, his own plans for tomorrow, his own freedom and
his own submission to necessity. When possible, this can be brought to
agreement, but sometimes a conflict may arise.
We recognize that humans differ from animals by
the loftiness of their objectives. If we apply the same measure to society as a
whole, can one really name the effort to limit the life of the latter within
the sphere of purely practical, although comfortable and convenient existence,
based on the assumption that this existence – of an individual as well as of
the society - is purely "rational," earthly, short-term and, in
effect, senseless, "true progress" ? But it
is such progress that is today recognized as truly scientific.
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