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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - Diversity and beauty



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Pere Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

the entire spectrum of life – the universe of the insects whose 'reliable' species are counted in tens of thousands; by the molluscs, thousands more, inexhaustibly variegated in their marblings and their convolutions; by the fishes, unexpected, capricious and as prettily marked as butterflies; by the birds, hardly less extravagant, of every form, feather and beak; by the antelopes of every coat, carriage and diadem.  And so on and so on.  And for each word, which brings to our minds a dozen manageable forms, what multiplicity, what impetus, what effervescence.  And to think that all we see are merely survivors!

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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