Monday, March 2, 2009

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881 - 1955. Jesuit, Paleontologist, Biologist, Philosopher, Visionary

"Some day after we have mastered the winds, the waves and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for a second time in the history of the world, humans will have discovered fire."


4 comments:

Delwyn said...

Harness for God - the proviso...there is interesting, as doubtless many would say they have already been consumed by love or burnt by love...

Dan Gurney said...

Gandhi and Martin Luther King come to mind as people who discovered the power of love in our time.

Alden said...

What I think is interesting about the linkage of God to love is something Karen Armstrong said regarding the nature of God. Her thoughts were that the the God who created the Universe is beyond any human conception, beyond language and beyond LOVE itself - love is a doorway into knowing something of that nature but whatever "God" is or means it is totally beyond anything that we can imagine - the old story of the distance between the thoughts of a worm and the thoughts of Albert Einstein and Beethoven.

Alden said...

Dan - Jesus said "No greater love does a man have but that he would lay down his life for a friend" - I guess both Gandhi and M L King did just that - spent their lives in the cause of others and paid an ultimate price for this in the end.

I think De Chardin is talking about this very form / aspect of love called 'Agape' the unconditional altruistic love of God - which each of us has the potential to emulate if we so desire - but its difficult - the people that are able to do so are called saints!!