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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - Energy



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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

There is no concept more familiar to us than that of spiritual energy, yet there is none that is more opaque scientifically. 

On the one hand, the objective reality of psychical effort and work is so well established that the whole of ethics rests on it;  and on the other hand , the nature of this inner power is so intangible that the whole description of the universe in mechanical terms has had no need to take account of it, but has been successfully completed in deliberate disregard of its reality.

……………………………….  We shall assume that all energy is psychic in nature; but add that in each particular element this fundamental energy is divided into two distinct components: a tangential energy which links the element with all other of the same order as itself in the universe and a radial energy which draws it towards ever greater complexity and continuity.

Without the slightest doubt there is something, .. which material and spiritual energy hold together and are complementary.  In last analysis, somehow or other, there must be a single energy operating in the world.

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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

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