Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (November 4, 2013): Longing for Unity

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“Ultimately, the only thing that has any importance is the Whole, in which alone unity can be effected. Parallel with (and in a sense identical with) our intellectual need of unity, we experience, deep within us, an affective and spontaneous need for union. Man is not drawn towards the One (that is, the Whole) by his reason alone, but by the full force of his whole being (is not our thought the act of our whole being?). On earth we are essentially separate, incomplete —a point made, you may remember, in Plato’s Phaedrus. We are seeking desperately for our completion; and we cannot find it by wedding ourselves to any element of the world taken in isolation. What we reach out to grasp in our aspirations is something which is diffused throughout, which permeates, everything. Fundamentally, we have but one passion: to become one with the world which envelops us without our ever being able to distinguish either its face or its heart. Would man worship woman if he did not believe that he saw the universe mirrored in her eyes? And does man continue to love woman when (by his own fault) he has reduced her to no more than one poor closed individual, opening the road for him to no further extension either of his race or of his ideal?”

Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre (2002-11-18). Christianity and Evolution (Harvest Book, Hb 276) (Kindle Locations 692-700). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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3 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (November 4, 2013): Longing for Unity

  1. ptero9 says:

    Amazingly perceptive quote!
    Love this: “Would man worship woman if he did not believe that he saw the universe mirrored in her eyes? And does man continue to love woman when (by his own fault) he has reduced her to no more than one poor closed individual, opening the road for him to no further extension either of his race or of his ideal?”
    In reading the quote it reminded me that an individual’s quest for wholeness perhaps cannot be fulfilled because the unity we seek is the unity of everything, the Anima Mundi, the Body of Christ.
    Thanks William!

    • “In reading the quote it reminded me that an individual’s quest for wholeness perhaps cannot be fulfilled because the unity we seek is the unity of everything, the Anima Mundi, the Body of Christ.” Well said Debra.

  2. Lynda says:

    “Man is not drawn towards the One…by his reason alone, but by the full force of his whole being…” This is so incredibly true. It is as though I have no choice – the drawing to God is so powerful. I so appreciate these quotes that you post.

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