Gil, David G.
February 1983
Humanity & Society;Feb83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p37
Academic Journal
The full development of every human being is viewed as anticipated in Karl Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 as the primary goal and constant yardstick of human social orders. This essay examines individual development and social welfare in the context of global human relations and egalitarian, humanistic and democratic values. Some observations on the present human condition seem indicated as background. Many thoughtful observers of conditions of life in the 20th century have concluded that the human species may not be able to reverse, in time, several interrelated trends which seem to threaten life all over the globe—depletion of food supplies and other important natural resources, unchecked population growth, progressive degradation of the quality of soil, water and the atmosphere, wasteful and destructive processes of production, and proliferation of conventional and nuclear armaments. Along with these threatening material processes, the quality of life and of human relations seems to deteriorate steadily from the household to the global level.


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