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Philosophy Hijacked by ‘Age of Competition’

“…the increase of human power over nature has become completely automatic, uncontrollable and blind, because it everywhere exceeds the conscious will of individual. And , this is, quite simply, the inevitable result of competition. In which sense, contrary to the philosophy of Enlightenment, which aimed at emancipation and human happiness, technology is well and truly a process without purpose, devoid of any objectives:ultimately, nobody knows any longer the direction in which the world is moving, because it is automatically governed by competition and in no sense directed by conscious will of men collectively united behind a project…”

[ ‘A Brief History of Thought’ by Luc Ferry]

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Muhammad Azam
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In my humble opinion the problem is that man’s ethical or spiritual advancement couldn’t match his progress on the technological front. Spiritual growth is required to give him a sense of direction and vision to use this immense technological power for betterment, not destruction, of humanity. There is no doubt that scientific method has made man master of his environment but unfortunately it has also given rise to materialism which halted his ethical progress. In the words of Iqbal

عشق کی تیغ جگردار اُڑا دی کس نے
علم کے ہاتھ میں خالی ہے نیام اے ساقی

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