By Herbert Read

This ebook bargains with the eternal challenge of struggle and peace. In it, the writer argues that mankind needs to be predisposed for peace through the proper of schooling and he discusses how one can devise equipment of schooling in order to hinder warfare. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Compare the singleness of purpose which this fable illustrates with the divided purposes of our average life, and you will see the drift of my argument. Thoreau went into the woods to demonstrate that "to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely"; he succeeded in his task, but his experiment would have died with him, and been lost to the world, but for the paper/mills and printing presses which imply a very different kind of life for the majority of people.

We have had our Factory Acts and workshop regulations; we now have some timid attempts at town planning and the planned location of industries. But we have never ventured to say the machine shall go thus far and no farther; the machine shall do this, but not that; the machine shall be put here, but not there. The whole development of machine production has been sporadic and uncontrolled. It has proliferated: it has not been rationed. I believe that the greatest evils that flow from machine production are evils of location and distribution.

It is not merely a question of promoting what the psychoanalysts call "reality adaptation"; it is to the reality of a competitive and divided society that, by existing processes of education, we seek to adapt our children. The aggressive instincts have a wonderful opportunity to discharge themselves, but it is against other children, in a ruthless struggle for places, for examination results, for class promotion. We educate to classify—that is to say, to divide—and all our efforts are expended in the cultivation of distinctions.

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