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Daemon
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Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)
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Not quite so, unfortunately. Animals are no better. Chimps especially. We are simply evolutionarily more advanced and smarter, than other fellow creatures on this planet of ours.
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Man like other creatures are part of the evolution of this planet the only difference is that he is conscious. Millions of years ago blue-green algae evolved photosynthesis and began to consume CO2 and release oxygen into an anaerobic atmosphere and in no time made huge change to the air so that it contains 20% of very toxic oxygen so all creatures that had not means to counter the toxicity of oxygen - Enzymes such as peroxidase catalase superoxidedesmutase - became extinct.
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I couldn't understand why he said "and more and more does he turn "
Without question mark , And why he repeated ( and ), isn't second one enough ?
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The difficulty is that umbilical cord with nature is impossible to cut, if only at the cost of life itself...
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Despite all the inevitable twaddle about evolution, the point has more to do with man's adversarial relationship with nature, which makes him "unnatural" and somewhat unique in the animal kingdom, in an unenviable and notorious sort of way.
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I agree with JMV.
marija15.4.2015.
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about ...the point has more to do with man's adversarial relationship with nature, which makes him "unnatural" and somewhat unique in the animal kingdom, in an unenviable and notorious sort of way.
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the hand of nature?
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boy, do i have a ungrateful son
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Read the quotation in its context from:

A MODERN UTOPIA H. G. Wells 1905[/size]

CHAPTER THE FIFTH

Failure in a Modern Utopia

Section 1


These people will have to be in the descendant phase, the species must be engaged in eliminating them; there is no escape from that, and conversely the people of exceptional quality must be ascendant. The better sort of people, so far as they can be distinguished, must have the fullest freedom of public service, and the fullest opportunity of parentage. And it must be open to every man to approve himself worthy of ascendency.

The way of Nature in this process is to kill the weaker and the sillier, to crush them, to starve them, to overwhelm them, using the stronger and more cunning as her weapon. But man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of Nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him. He sees with a growing resentment the multitude of suffering ineffectual lives over which his species tramples in its ascent. In the Modern Utopia he will have set himself to change the ancient law. No longer will it be that failures must suffer and perish lest their breed increase, but the breed of failure must not increase, lest they suffer and perish, and the race with them.

Now we need not argue here to prove that the resources of the world and the energy of mankind, were they organised sanely, are amply sufficient to supply every material need of every living human being. And if it can be so contrived that every human being shall live in a state of reasonable physical and mental comfort, without the reproduction of inferior types, there is no reason whatever why that should not be secured. But there must be a competition in life of some sort to determine who are to be pushed to the edge, and who are to prevail and multiply. Whatever we do, man will remain a competitive creature, and though moral and intellectual training may vary and enlarge his conception of success and fortify him with refinements and consolations, no Utopia will ever save him completely from the emotional drama of struggle, from exultations and humiliations, from pride and prostration and shame. He lives in success and failure just as inevitably as he lives in space and time.

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hgwells/1905/modern-utopia/ch05.htm
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d'oh! Shame on you
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war of the worlds.
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Daemon wrote:
Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)


More than one reason for the existence of "the rebel child of nature", all independent of our will. Yet no reasonable purpose beyond the subjective aim to sustain our being, though we must doubt even that.
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Oh yes, tis so very true, but just is the "who" that man turns against????
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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
Oh yes, tis so very true, but just is the "who" that man turns against????


Man turns against "the hard and fitful hand that reared him", Nature, in Wells' quotation.

He anticipated I was yet to claim this as my own aphorism: "Natural selection has it all wrong: It’s not the feeble in mankind who threaten the species and its domain with extinction, but the evil-minded of the strong kind, adapting, surviving, dominating… unfittingly. (I know, that's not in the dictionary, it fits though.)" ...tis so very true., no?


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