The Story of Life

But from the moment when the monad acquires the dimensions and superior spontaneity of a cell, and tends to be individualized at the heart of a pleiad, a more complicated pattern appears in the stuff of the universe. On two counts at least it would be inadequate and false to imagine life, even taken at it’s granular stage, as a fortuitous and amorphous proliferation.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin    

    What Teilhard de Chardin is telling us is that when life first appeared in the primordial soup, it was not through the creation of a single cell, which then divided again and again to eventually fill the ocean, but rather that many cells, millions or possibly billions, were created simultaneously. Yet, these living cells, the earliest Earth life forms, show remarkable similarity. A similarity that would not be possible if this generation of life was random and undirected.

    What this tells us is that matter always tends to move from unorganized to organized and that the type of organization on each level is virtually identical in order to get the same results. And if this was happening to the entire planet, than the entire planet was being controlled by an organizing force, an intelligence. Further, there is no way that life could progress from the first relatively simple cells, to the multi-celled and all the way to the complex animals with many different types of specialized cells without a plan to follow, a pattern. That pattern is spirit and following a plan is, again, intelligence at work.

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