tjohnson Posted January 16, 2008 Share Posted January 16, 2008 The human mode of living is production: the creation of value from the raw materials around us. Human beings see a rock, and we invent tools, smelting techniques, stone buildings, steel girders, paved streets, and so on and on. We see a tree, and we make furniture, fuel, papers, books, construction materials, medicines, and so on and on. The application of reason to our problems allows us to create solutions. Thus we are not like dogs squabbling over meat or children sharing a pie; we are each creators, making new goods through our productive work, materially and morally.A couple groups Mr. Thomas did not mention here are scientists and mathematicians. The industrial revolution was not possible until the science was in place for the engineers, inventors, manufacturers, etc. to do their work. Before all else, science (time-binding) is what makes man different from animals and if we are going to prescribe a doctrine of appropriate human behaviour then we should be looking at scientific behaviour as a model as well, not simply commerce, trading, production, etc. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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