Originally published as DER MENSCH UND DIE TECHNIK in Munich, 1931.
With and introduction by K.S. Anthony.
'Man is a beast of prey. Acute thinkers, like Montaigne and Nietzsche, have always known this. The old fairy-tales and the proverbs of peasant and nomad fold the world over, with their lively cunning: the half-smiling penetration characteristic of the great connoisseur of men, whether statesmen or general, merchant or judge, at the maturity of his rich life: the despair of hte world-impover who has failed: the invective of the angered priest - in none of these is denial or even concealment of the fact as much as attempted. Only the ceremonious solemnity of idealist philosophers and other ... theologians has wanted the courage to be open about what in their hearts they knew perfectly well. Ideals are cowardice. Yet, even from the works of these one could cull a pretty anthology of opinions that they have from time to time let slip concerning the beast in man.' -Excerpted.