Shaw speaks of the pervasive discouragement and poverty in Europe
after World War I, and relates these issues to inept government.
Simple primitive societies, he says, were easily governable while
the civilized societies of the twentieth century are so complex
that learning to govern them properly can't be accomplished within
the human lifespan: People with experience enough to serve the
purpose fall into senility and die. Shaw's solution is enhanced
longevity: we must learn to live much longer; a centenarian should
be less than middle aged. (Shaw was in his mid-60s when the plays
were written). This change, Shaw predicts, will happen through
Creative Evolution (evolutionary change that occurs because it is
needed or wanted-the Lamarckian view- and not as a result of
natural selection-Darwinism) as influenced by the Life Force
Neither Creative Evolution nor the Life Force were Shavian
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