Teilhard de Chardin Quotes The time has…

Teilhard de Chardin Quotes:

“The time has come to realise that an interpretation of the universe–even a positivist one–remains unsatisfying unless it covers the interior as well as the exterior of things; mind as well as matter. The true physics is that which will, one day, achieve the inclusion of man in his wholeness in a coherent picture of the world.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 36)

“…the more we split and pulverise matter artificially, the more insistently it proclaims its fundamental unity.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 41)

“A more complete study of the movements of the world will oblige us, little by little, to turn it upside down; in other words, to discover that if things hold and hold together, it is only by reason of complexity, from above.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 43)

“Spiritual perfection (or conscious ‘centreity’) and material synthesis (or complexity) are but the two aspects or connected parts of one and the same phenomenon.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 61)

“Without the slightest doubt there is something through which material and spiritual energy hold togehter and are complementary. In the last analysis, somehow or other, there must be a single energy operating in the world. And the first idea that occurs to us is that the ‘soul’ must be as it were the focal point of transformation at which, from all the points of nature, the forces of bodies converge, to become interiorised and sublimated in beauty and truth.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 63)

“To write the true natural history of the world, we should need to be able to follow it from within. It would thus appear no longer as an interlocking succession of structural types replacing one another, but as an ascension of inner sap spreading out in a forest of consolidated instincts. Right at its base, the living world is constituted by conscious clothes in flesh and bone.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 151)

“The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence of that very doubling back upon himself, becomes in a flash able to raise himself into a new sphere. In reality, another world is born. Abstraction, logic, reasoned choice and inventions, mathematics, art, calculation of space and time, anxieties and dreams of love–all these activities of inner life are nothing else than the effervescence of the newly-formed centre as it explodes onto itself.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 165)

“Psychogenesis has led to man. Now it effaces itself, relieved or absorbed by another and a higher function–the engendering and subsequent development of the mind, in one word noogenesis. When for the first time in a living creature instinct percepeived itself in its own mirror, the whole world took a pace forward.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 181)

“…we see not only thought as participating in evolution as an anomaly or as an epiphenomenon; but evolution as so reducible to and identifiable with a progress towards thought that the movement of our souls expresses and measures the very stages of progress of evolution itself. Man discovers that he is nothing else than evolution become conscious of itself.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, 221)

“The outcome of the world, the gates of the future, the entry into the super-human–these are not thrown open to a few of the privileged nor to one chosen people to the exclusion of all others. They will open only to an advance of all together, in a direction in which all together can join and find completion in a spiritual renovation of the earth…” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 245)

“We are faced with a harmonised collectivity of consciousness equivalent to a sort of super-consciousness. The idea is that of the earth not only becoming covered in myriads of grains of thought, but becoming enclosed in a single thinking envelope so as to form, functionally, no more than a single vast grain of thought on the sidereal scale, the plurality of individual reflections grouping themselves together and reinforcing one another in the act of a single unanimous reflection.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 252)”

“To be fully ourselves it is in the opposite direction, in the direction of convergence with all the rest, that we must advance–towards the ‘other.’ The peak of ourselves, the acme of our originality, is not our individuality but our person; and according to the evolutionary structure of the world, we can only find our person by uniting together. There is no mind without synthesis. The same holds good from top to bottom. The true ego grows in inverse proportion to ‘egoism.’ Like the Omega which attracts it, the element only becomes personal when it universalises itself.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955. p. 263)

“Love in all its subtleties is nothing more, and nothing less, than the more or less direct trace marked on the heart of the element by the psychical convergence of the universe upon itself.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 265)

“Christ invests himself organically with the very majesty of his creation. And it is in no way metaphorical to say that man finds himself capable of experiencing and discovering his God in the whole length, breadth and depth of the world in movement. To be able to say literally to God that one loves him, not only with all one’s body, all one’s heart and all one’s soul, but with every fibre of the unifying universe–that is a prayer than can only be made in space-time.” (The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, p. 297)