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The Light that Failed: The Future of Human History

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Human history is the strange story of the response of human beings to the existential paradox of the human condition. The history of international law is part of that history. The ideal is present as a self-directing force not only in the private mind of personal consciousness but also in the public mind of socialised consciousness. It is one of the most useful achievements of the biological evolution of the brain-mind. The 20th century was not a good time for the human mind to find itself in a philosophical wasteland. The light of the human mind, imagining possible human futures, was and is and always will be unequal to the power of those who have power over the collective consciousness and the collective will that determine the actual human future. Detaching human history from its traditional narrative reveals a deeper process in the self-evolving of the human species.

Keywords: collective will; human futures; human history; international law; personal consciousness; philosophical wasteland; socialised consciousness; traditional narrative



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