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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - On love



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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

We are accustomed to consider only the sentimental face of love, the joy and miseries it causes us [but] considered in its full biological reality, love – that is to say, the affinity of being with being – is not peculiar to man.  It is a general property of all life and as such it embraces, in its varieties and degrees, all the forms successively adopted by organised matter......

In the mammals, so close to ourselves it is easily recognised.... Farther off, that is to say lower down the tree of life, analogies are more obscure until they become so faint as to be imperceptible.   But …. if there were no real internal propensity to unite, even at a prodigiously rudimentary level – indeed in the molecule itself – it would not be possible for  love to appear higher up, with us....

By rights, to be certain of its  presence in ourselves, we should assume its presence in everything that is.  And in fact if we look around us at the confluent ascent of consciousness, we see it is not lacking anywhere....... Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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