One thing is certain about this book: the movie rights aren't worth much.
But the motivation to write this book was never mere commercial success. It began as my own personal search for Truth. The more that I learned of Truth, the better picture emerged of the struggle of humanity over the millennia for the attainment of the next stage of human existence. It now appears that we are truly on the brink of achieving that goal. But we must not allow the myopia of day-to-day life to persuade us to discard that goal in favor of some goal of considerably lesser importance.
So, at its base, this book begins as a political polemic, exhorting reluctant mankind to "stay the course" of change into what we can be, and will be if we pursue the goal we have been sleepwalking towards for ten millennia. The relationship to contemporary politics is closer than I would have wished it to be. For example, one idea which is being actively pushed by Newt Gingrich is the idea that every person ought to be either working or learning for their entire lifetime, from cradle to grave. That is so extremely close to my own analysis, presented in Book V, Section H, that it lacks only my concepts that work should be for the happiness of as many humans as possible, and that working and learning must be balanced with each other, for Newt's statement to be a complete expression of what I believe should be the ultimate intelligent rules of conduct for mankind.
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA; JANUARY 4, 1996.
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