All that may be so and mankind is ready to agree with it, but it is not what was asked.
Only mankind would consider the ability to destroy the earth, a sign of intelligence - and call it civilization.
All this food underfoot and what did mankind do?
The philanthropist too often surrounds mankind with the remembrance of his own castoff griefs as an atmosphere, and calls it sympathy.
The enormous growth of towns during the second half of the 19th century was thus attended with comparative safety to these great aggregates of mankind; and the death-rates, so far from being increased, relatively decreased in substantial proportions.