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My Book of the Century

My Book of the Century
My Book of the Century
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My favourite books are G. B. Shaw's Back to Methuselah, Man and Superman and Qurratulain Haider's Aag Ka Darya. Shaw calls Back to M. a metabiological pentateuch which starts in the Garden of Eden, ends in 31,920 AD and is titled 'as far as thought can reach'. Shaw's philosophy is very simple: if mankind is to be saved, man must live longer and this is possible only by an act of human will. Shaw rejects Darwin and resurrects Le Marche and Weissman. Life according to him is not a series of senseless accidents; there is definitely place for human will. Man is born in a ridiculously elementary stage but performs functions that's taken Nature zillions of years to perfect. Man's helpless infancy is followed by years when appetites dominate, and he's almost 60 before he's wise. It's this dreadful shortness of life which cripples mankind. But if zillions of years of evolution can be compressed into nine months of gestation, surely Man can compress the learning cycle of 60 years into fouróand live wisely for the remainder of his time!

(Vinod Dua is a media person.)

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