chapter  XVI
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Today as the Turning Point in the History of Man

It may perhaps be contended that all late phases of civilization tend to fall away somewhat from the full conception of the nature of man, each doing so in a way that is peculiarly its own; in one phase that conception will acquire a sort of ceremonial stiffness, in another man will be viewed wholly from the outside. The ageing of people's civilization, therefore is thus clearly accompanied by the phenomenon of dehumanization, and to this people must add yet a third, the unique circumstance that it extends over the entire planet. The great civilizations are not to be distinguished from one another, as different individuals of the same species are to be distinguished. Rather are there among them a whole number of species. Man alone is capable of that, man in action but also possessed of a knowledge of the truth—man, in a word, as a full and integrated personality.