What is Immortality? The Latest Socialist Protest Against Individualism
George M Gould Monist
Eschatology, Socialism, Vitalism, Energy, Soul
An 'illustration of the ferment of Socialist thought that is pervading the human mind', Gould's article 'extends the law of the conservation of force to biological and psychical things' arguing that 'Life is a unity and indivisible, and as inextinguishable as physical force'. Life is 'shared equally by trees and animals as much as by men' and the notion of an immortal individual soul is merely 'the flimsiest of conceits'. Like all 'socialistic schemes', however, this view of life 'destroys all incentive to well-doing'.
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