Social Destiny of Man

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C.F. Stollmeyer, 1840 - Communism - 480 pages
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Page 330 - Nature — not trusting the fulfillment of her plans to human science or to the efforts of individuals — has implanted in man an instinct of social progress, which, it is true, will lead him through a series of transformations, to the attainment of his Destiny; but she has also reserved for his intelligence the noble prerogative of hastening this progress, and of anticipating results, which, if left to the gradual movement of society, would require centuries to effect.
Page 399 - Influence of a regular gradation in uniforms, tools, etc., adapted to merit and ages, which is the only system that charms the child, and can call forth dexterity in industry and application in study. 14th. Attractive effect of large assemblages, and charm of belonging to groups, in which an enthusiasm is awakened by uniforms, music, and corporative celebrations.
Page 84 - ... public good. The lawyer wishes Litigations and Suits, particularly among the rich. The physician desires Sickness; (the latter...
Page 434 - This enigma cannot be solved in civilization; Association explains it; the taste for dirt is a necessary impulse to enlist children in the corporation of the Little Hordes, to induce them to undergo gaily the CORPORATION OF THE disgust connected with dirty work, and to open for themselves in filthy functions, a vast career of industrial glory and unitary philanthrophy.
Page 391 - First — either he has not known how to give us a social code guaranteeing truth, justice and industrial attraction; in this case why create in us the want of it, without having the means of satisfying that want which he satisfies in creatures inferior to us, to which he assigns a mode of existence adapted to their attractions and instincts...
Page 397 - I branches, some trifling occupations are left for childhood, as a means of initiation into industry. For the child of two years old these occupations must be very easy of execution, but in performing them, it will believe that it has done something of consequence, and that it is almost the equal of children three or four months older than itself, who are already members of groups, and who wear their little ornaments...
Page 254 - How then can we think that the great Mechanician of the Universe has given us those irresistible impulses, called passions, without calculating their effects, — without adapting them to some social order, pre-existing in his intelligence, which would make use of them all, as so many parts of a perfect mechanism ! It cannot be otherwise : " having the experience of millions of worlds anteriorly created," he calculated with mathematical precision the action and developments of those passions.
Page 284 - Whoever will examine the question of social ameliorations," Albert Brisbane argued in support of Fourier, "must be convinced that the gradual perfecting of Civilization is useless as a remedy for present social evils, and that the only effectual means of doing away with indigence, idleness and the dislike for labor is to do away with civilization itself, and organize Association ... in its place.
Page 421 - ... measures, — to the commands of the father or a tutor, or to menaces and punishments. The same system should be applied to all branches of studies, such as writing, grammar, etc. A double inducement, like concerted refusals and innocent stratagems, which awaken emulation, will always be resorted to.
Page 419 - Reform. 311 things, they have only to learn how to read ; some children are pointed out not older than themselves, who, possessing this knowledge, are admitted to the library of the younger age.

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