chapter  25
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The Final Constraints

IF WE WERE to depend solely upon the record of our political history, we could well doubt whether any widening of understanding and solidarity to a planetary level was even conceivable. Wars and rumors of wars, fierce tribal, communal, and national loyalties, fear and hatred of the stranger, pillage and destruction-are these not to an overwhelming extent the tragic determinants of human destiny? Why should we hope for anything different today? Surely we should need some quite new concept of reality, some revolutionary upheaval in past habits of thought, even to suppose that we could escape from the old “melancholy wheel” of ever repeated conquest, decline, defeat, and conquest again.