Civilization and Beyond eBook

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4.  INCREASED HUMAN MOBILITY on land and water, and, more recently, in the air and, still more recently, in outer space.  Easy and rapid movement, and almost instantaneous communication brought people together in towns and cities, built up trade in goods and services, increased speed of communications and enabled people living at a distance from one another to keep in close touch, bringing human enterprises and human beings into continuing contact.  Human life, thought and action were coordinated.  Increased mobility UNIFIED HUMAN SOCIETY.

5.  RESEARCH is now an accepted aspect of all phases of human life and activity.  Research is a recognized occupation.  Research teams solve problems, map the paths of enterprise.  We are learning first to think, then, only after careful study, decide on courses of action and follow them through.

6.  The field of inquiry and research covered the entire range of human experience.  Information, resulting from research, provided the subject matter of new sciences.  In the new fields new skills were developed and new professions built up.  The members of this new TECHNOLOGICAL INTELLIGENTSIA, added to the learned professions, created a large group who expected and enjoyed affluent living conditions.

7.  SPREADING AFFLUENCE increased the number of families that enjoyed abundance of goods and services, comforts and luxuries mass produced and offered in a mass market, lifting people out of scarcity by growing abundance.  Scarcity ceased to restrain.  Instead, people learned the values of RESTRAINT, ECONOMY, FRUGALITY, SIMPLICITY.

8.  Increase in size and complexity called into being a new profession.  MANAGEMENT with the necessary PLANNING, BUDGETING, COST KEEPING.

9.  Large numbers of well-fed, housed, educated and aware human beings created the possibility of arousing, mobilizing and utilizing people—­especially young people—­to take part in voluntary group projects, co-operate and create.  Such experiences developed SOCIAL AWARENESS and led to LARGE SCALE MASS ACTION.

10.  People growing up in affluence, living above the rigors of poverty, asked questions about themselves, their society and the universe in which they lived.  They learned that they and their fellows had not only the five accepted “senses,” but additional senses with corresponding experiences.  This opened their eyes to the possibility of additional or extra senses, opening the immense field of “EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION,” E.S.P.

These ten areas, opening up largely during the years of the great revolution are “new wine” which cannot be contained in the old wine skins.  They raise questions and open up vistas which transcend the narrower confines of civilization.  They are among the materials and facilities out of which a new world is coming into existence.



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