His Point is Hegelian! O Sepi to Poli
History does not merely unfold within the terrain mapped out by these institutions. It does not resolve itself into the evolution of contents, of men and situations, etc., while the principles of society remain eternally valid. ... On the contrary, history is precisely the history of these institutions, of the changes they undergo as institutions which bring men together in societies. Such institutions start by controlling economic relations between men and go on to permeate all human relations (and hence also man's relations with himself and with nature).
- György Lukács (1885-1971)
To defend the claim that humanity's relationship with nature is economic, I have no retort, for the reality of our condition is anthropomorphic, man-made if you will. Alternative outcomes are manifestations of a teleology of sorts, a move away from consumption and towards any and all claims of prosperity when the ends do not justify disposable novelty and false profits. More or less!
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