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A daring and provocative indictment of our glossy global. "...this publication will most likely offend as many alternative sorts of humans and as many issues of view as any oather booklet in print." - the recent Yorker

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By the same token, the ideas of the military mind today, the coin of terror-in-hiding, are ghastly. As long as panic lasts, this will be the equation of it: the greater our physical power, the cheaper the lives of humanity. If we are to maintain this soldier-courage only it works out that forty million Americans equal something on the order of a hogshead of heavy metal. CHAPTER XI THE SOLDIER'S UNIFORM IS PROOF OF HIS INTEGRITY; IT means he is prepared under discipline and on order to die for his countrymen.

The probability that our awareness is the only one, or the highest--evolving here or regressing somewhere else--becomes the vainest of vanities. And it is the oldest-that we are the Center of the Universe--the stupidity of which we know today. Shall we not also revise the accompanying stupidity of the idea that we are the one, incarnate, absolute center of God Almighty? It behooves us to call off the old talk about God. It behooves us, for the same reason, to re-embrace Instinct, so we may no longer pretend to scribble every truth on blank Russians or Americans or Englishmen.

What man has not done this? The existence of this frustration in the intellect makes it possible for religions to capitalize upon, and traffic with, their various pretensions of Eternity and Infinity. They own them, they say, and the bewildered ego takes the statement on faith as preferable to the prospect of perpetual predicament. But, to the mathematician, there is no such paradox of the mind. The relativity of time and the description of space as an attribute of matter, once mastered from the equations, explain the befuddlement of the ego.

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