Series One: Post Five
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
“Thus from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.” –Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (1859)
Can we think not a better way to celebrate life than to try and understand life? Can we think not a better way to appreciate life than to try and live it well? Can we think not a better way to experience life than to try and make for the best experience for ourselves and others as we might find possible?
To appeal to any greater power than that which nature has provided both in ourselves and those around us is an appeal to nonsense. The sheer competition of the task leaves the mind anxious and confused. This dissonance between reality and the unreasonable forces the good individual to cast self-doubt. This dissonance between reality and the unreasonable converts the saint into a sinner. This dissonance between reality and the unreasonable turns this opportunity to live into a passage toward death.
A life and a philosophy that appeals to the greatest for all in this world, should surely be suitable for any other be it somewhere else in this Universe or otherwise. To imagine a world greater than our own is to reject the majesty within our grasp. To reject such a thing seems intolerable, and so, I refuse.
“For those who are hell-bent on speculating that the grass is greener on the other side, I invite you to live your conviction and go take a peek.”