Sherrington, Sir Charles - Man and his Nature - The universe is running down
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The universe of energy is, we are told, running down. It tends fatally towards an equilibrium which shall be final. An equilibrium in which life cannot exist. Yet life is being evolved without pause. Our planet in its surround has evolved it and is evolving it. And with it evolves mind. If mind is not an energy system how will the running down of the universe affect it? Can it go unscathed? Always so far as we know the finite mind is attracted to a running energy system. When that energy system ceases to run what of the mind which runs with it? Will the universe which elaborated and is elaborating the finite mind then let it perish?