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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Hymn of the Universe - Surrender



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He is talking about himself although it appears he is talking about someone else

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Pere Teilhard de Chardin – Hymn of the Universe

And then the frenzy of battle gave place in his heart to an irresistible longing to submit... Once and for all he understood that, like the atom, man has no value save for that part of himself that passes to the universe.  He recognised with absolute certainty the empty fragility of even the noblest theorisings as compared with the definitive plenitude of the smallest fact grasped in its total concrete reality.

He saw before his eyes, revealed with pitiless clarity, the ridiculous pretentiousness of human claims to order the life of the world, to impose on the world the dogmas, the standards, the conventions of man.  He tasted, sickeningly, the triteness of men's joys and sorrows, the mean egoism of their pursuits, the insipidity of their passions, the attenuation of their power to feel.  He felt pity for those who take fright at the span of a century or whose love is bounded by the frontiers of a nation.

So many things which once had distressed or revolted him – the speeches and pronouncements of the learned, their assertions and their prohibitions, their refusal to allow the universe to move – all seemed to him now merely ridiculous and non existent compared with the majestic reality, the flood of energy, which now revealed itself to him; omnipresent, unalterable in its truth, relentless in its development, untouchable in its serenity, maternal and unfailing in its protectiveness.

…..  Turning his eyes resolutely away from what was receding from him, he surrendered himself, in superabounding faith, to the wind which was sweeping the universe onwards.

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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