Seeds of Destruction

Posted August 10, 2018 6:11 pm by David Carlin

Seeds of Destruction

The philosopher G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) said that every civilization (but the final one) contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction.  And this explains how history moves forward.  A), a fine civilization, eventually self-destructs and is succeeded by B), an even finer civilization; then B self-destructs and is succeeded by C), a still finer thing; and so on until mankind finally arrives at the best of all possible civilizations, which will not self-destruct.
Karl Marx (1818-83) was a kind of anti-Hegel Hegelian; rejecting some parts of Hegel while keeping others.  One part he retained was the “seeds of destruction” notion. 

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