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New Left Review I/13-14, January-April 1962

Jonathan Howard

Balance of Life

The life of a human being cannot be totally described or defined by the detailed analysis of all the activities that are necessary for life. It is rather the sum of these activities co-ordinated in a delicate and beautiful way to form a unitary phenomenon which we call human life. Since the organisation of the human body is so complex, it is easily damaged, although damage can sometimes be repaired. The testing of nuclear weapons causes damage to life which cannot be repaired, and which poses special moral problems because future generations are also affected.

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