In One-Dimensional Man Herbert Marcuse has moved
on to what is the central problem of our civilization.
how to reconcile orginality and spontaneity and all the
creative aspects of our human nature with a prevailing
drive to rationality that tends to reduce all varieties of
temperament and desire to one universal system of
thought and behavior.
He does not claim to solve this
problem, but by presenting the alternatives in clear and
critical terms, he makes the choice inevitable to every
socially responsible individual. That is to say, he makes
us realize that the choice is now between the life and
the death of our civilization."