New Philosophy and New Law for a Troubled World
Chapter 12: From Istopia to Eutopia
The road from Istopia to Eutopia – from where we are to where we want to be – passes through Knowtopia, the place where we learn about the extraordinary powers of the human mind, the private mind and the public mind, and where we take stock of the human condition, of what we have been and what we are, the bright face and the dark face of human history, and where we become aware of the potentialities and the anxieties of our present troubled situation, and our perilous future. It has been a purpose of the present volume to make a contribution to such human self-knowing. We have shared a brief survey of the topography of Knowtopia. The reader who has read the present volume carefully is already a new kind of traveller on the journey from Istopia through Knowtopia to Eutopia. We have learned that, over the course of millennia and in countless different cultures, the human mind and the human will have been wonderfully creative and ingenious and bold in responding to an unceasing succession of challenges facing all four of the existential realms of the human world – supernatural and natural and social and personal. Our responses have been very various and often contradictory. For better and for worse, they have determined what it is to be human.
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