The Destiny of Man

Viewed in the Light of His Origin

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Author: John Fiske
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,464 / 64 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 36.6
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 2,197
Added to site: 2005.12.07
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Genre: Philosophy
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y for the first time how the creation and the perfecting of Man is the goal toward which Nature's work has all the while been tending. It enlarges tenfold the significance of human life, places it upon even a loftier eminence than poets or prophets have imagined, and makes it seem more than ever the chief object of that creative activity which is manifested in the physical universe.


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On the Earth there will never be a Higher Creature than Man.

In elucidating these points, we may fitly begin by considering the question as to the possibility of the evolution of any higher creature than Man, to whom the dominion over this earth shall pass. The question will best be answered by turning back and observing one of the most remarkable features connected with the origin of Man and with his superiority over other animals. And let it be borne in mind that we are not now about to wander through the regions of unconditional possibility. We are not dealing with vague general notions of development, but w

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