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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way.
One of the effects of civilization is to diminish the rigour of the application of the law of natural selection. It preserves weakly lives that would have perished in barbarous lands.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. 
This civilization has not yet fully recovered from the shock of its birth — the transition from the tribal or "enclosed society," with its submission to magical forces, to the 'open society' which sets free the critical powers of man.
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