Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (January 13, 2014): The Cosmic Design


This week the quote is not directly from Teilhard de Chardin but it is inspired by Teilhard in the outstanding science fiction series The Galactic Milieu by Julian May.  The quote is by the character Rogatien Remillard (“Uncle Rogi”):

“And how much more difficult it is to apprehend the greater pattern! We know we are free, even though constraints hedge us. We cannot see the unus mundus, the entirety that we know must exist, but are forced to live each event rushing through space and time. Our efforts seem to us as random as the Brownian movement of molecules in a single drop of ultramagnified water. Nevertheless the water droplets come together to make a stream, and then a river that flows to the sea where the individual drops— to say nothing of the molecules!— are apparently lost in a vast and random pooling. The sea not only has a life and identity of its own, but it engenders other, higher lives, a role denied to water molecules alone. Later, after the sun draws them up, the molecules condense into new water drops or snowflakes and fall, and sustain life on the land before draining away to the sea again in the cycle that has prevailed since the biogenesis. No molecule evades its destiny, its role in the great pattern. Neither do we, although we may deny that a pattern exists, since it is so difficult to envision. But sometimes, usually at a far remove of time, we may be granted the insight that our actions, our lives, were not pointless after all. Those (and I am one) who have never experienced cosmic consciousness may find consolation in simple instinct. I know in my heart— as Einstein did, and he was justified in the long view if not in the short— that the universe is not a game of chance but a design, and beautiful.”

May, Julian; Dikty, Ted (1987-09-28). INTERVENTION (Kindle Locations 325-335). 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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2 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (January 13, 2014): The Cosmic Design

  1. ptero9 says:

    I do love this quote!
    I ran across this quote last night from Henry Corbin in his book, Alone with the Alone:
    “The Godhead is in mankind as an image is in the mirror.”

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