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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Phenomenon of Man - Tree of life

Identifier

001777

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – Phenomenon of Man

Nothing is so delicate and fugitive by its very nature as a beginning.  As long as a zoological group is young, its character remains indeterminant, its structure precarious and its dimensions scant.  It is composed of relatively few individual units and these change rapidly.  In space as in duration , the peduncle or 'bud' of a living branch corresponds to a minimum of differentiation, expansion and resistance.  What then will be the effect of time on this area of weakness?  Inevitably to destroy all vestiges of it.

With that understood, there is nothing surprising in our finding, when we look back, that everything seems to have burst into the world ready made … [as though it were] a discontinuous succession of levels and stabilities

The source of the experience

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Tree of life

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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