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Illusions are the source of much of man's sorrow. At birth he is doomed to pass through infancy and childhood—in which his illusions are bred. He is fed and cuddled and clothed and adored and taught; he thus acquires the lasting sense that existence itself insures to him the satisfactions of food, warmth, sleep, and selfness. If he reaches maturity and comes to lack these needs, he demands them with the conviction that they are birthrights. Thus is born the rhetoric of the havenots.
In the biological view man is an animal born into an indifferent universe. Man's only birthright
Birthright of Man: A Selection of Texts Prepared Under the Direction of Jeanne Hersch.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:870–871. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-5-870_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(5):870-871.
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