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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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548         VII. THE MECHANISM OF TIME-BINDING
inclinations, institutions., to be made by those specialized in a 'science of man'. If such a revision is produced soon enough, it will, perhaps, help to adjust peacefully the standards of evaluation and prevent the repetition of bloody protests of unenlightened blind forces against equally blind forces of existing powers and reactions.
The forces of life, humanity, and time-binding are at odds; in modern slang, a 'show-down' is imminent; it will happen, and no one can prevent it. To a A understanding the only problem of importance is whether this 'show-down' will be scientific, enlightened, orderly, and peaceful, with minimum suffering; or whether it will take a blind, chaotic, silly, bloody, and wasteful turn with maximum suffering.
The problems of structure, language, and 'consciousness of abstracting' play a crucial semantic role. To be modern, one must accept modern metaphysics and a structurally revised modern language. As yet, these semantic problems have been completely disregarded as far as general education is concerned. This is probably due to the fact that in an infantile and commercial civilization we encourage engineering and applied sciences, medicine, biology., to increase private profits., and preserve or increase the ranks of buyers. But we do not encourage to an equal extent branches of science like mathematics, mathematical philosophy, linguistic, structural, and semantic researches., which would not directly increase profits or the numbers of customers, but which would, nevertheless, discover structural means for more happiness for all.
Accidentally - and this is recommended to the attention of economists - the classical law of 'supply and demand' is structurally and semantically an animalistic law, which in an adult human civilization must be reformulated. In fact, an adult human civilization cannot be produced at all if we preserve such fundamental animalistic 'laws'. In the animal world the numbers of individuals cannot increase beyond what the given conditions allow. The animals do not produce artificially.
Not so with our human world. We produce artificially because we are time-binders, and all of us stand on the shoulders of others and on the labours of the dead. We can over-populate this globe as we have done. Our numbers are not controlled by unaided nature, but can be increased considerably. In the animal world the numbers are regulated by the supply of food., and not by conditions imposed by the animals on that food supply. The animal law of 'supply and demand' is strict. In a human class of life, which does produce artificially, production should satisfy the wants of all, or their number should be controlled until the wants can be filled. The application of animalistic laws to ourselves makes conditions very complicated, and detrimental to most, if not all