Janusz Kuczyński: THE UNIVERSALISM OF JOHN PAUL II—THE UNIVERSALISM OF LESZEK KOŁAKOWSKI. AFTERWORD
Janusz Kuczyński THE UNIVERSALISM OF JOHN PAUL II— THE UNIVERSALISM OF LESZEK KOŁAKOWSKI. AFTERWORD INTRODUCTION It is quite probable that current developments will result in a growing and ulti- mately explosive antinomy between different groups of human beings and soci- ety—and perhaps even our civilization’s self-destruction—as political threats mount alongside the ever-lurking metaphysical dangers stemming from human- ity’s frailties and contradictions, its existential dimension and religious, cogni- tive, existential, ontic and axiological incertitude. Modern (also contemporary) history tells of repeated genocide committed in the very heart of Europe and instances when mankind virtually toyed with (self-)annihilation. Already Russell and Einstein warned of the danger of nuclear self- destruction, today largely averted by the end of the Cold War. But is the nuclear spectre not haunting us again today, evident in the increasingly frequent instan- ces of technological failure (even of rocket missiles) and fears that today’s terro- rism, be it biological, chemical—or quite soon perhaps even nuclear – may soon evolve into a civilizational clash? In this situation, it will clearly be necessary to seek effective remedies— mainly by reaching into the “spiritual” and material sources of such threats. Not the usual solutions will be needed but rather “symptomatic” and improvised measures, as applied e.g. in ecology (and analyzed alternately by the Meadows, Uexull, several Nobelists, and Dialogue and Universalism). The need for such measures is especially pressing in light of the rising threat of biological, bacte- riological and chemical warfare. The vanquished Cold War...
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