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Building the Earth
Pierre Teilhard deChardin

1 "Love is seen as a primitive and universal energy which gives significance to everything around us."

2 "Evolution, by the very mechanism of its syntheses, is constantly acquiring greater freedom."

3 "Just as the various cells and members of the body grow and unite to form a single living being and find their ultimate perfection only by constituting that being, so the constant goal of individual and national development should be the unity of mankind." Max H. Begouen, foreword

4 "Having reached a higher degree of self-mastery, the Spirit of Earth will experience an increasingly vital need to adore; out of universal evolution God emerges in our consciousness as greater and more necessary than ever."

5 "Faith in the future is not dead in our hearts….it is hope, deepened and purified, which seems bound to save us."

6 "The organization of human energy, taken in its entirety, directs itself and impels us towards the ultimate formation, above each personal element, of a common human soul."

7 "Across all denominations, across all the conventional barriers which still exist, we shall see the living atoms of the universe seek each other out, find each other and organize themselves."

8 "Remain true to yourselves, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge."

9 "In every field we will begin to live constantly in the presence and with the thought of the whole."

10 "In spite of all the apparent improbabilities, we are inevitably approaching a new age in which the world will cast off its chains, to give itself up at last to the power of its internal affinities."

11 "Love, which is the supreme form of human dedication and its greatest beauty, makes no demands; it simply strives and progresses. It realizes what the conditions of mankind should be and, brushing all obstacles aside, leads us onward to purify, elevate and fulfill the earth." Max H. Begouen, foreword

12 "Love is the most universal, formidable and mysterious of cosmic energies. From the point of view of spiritual Evolution, it seems that we might be able to give a name and a value to this strange energy of love. Could it not be, in essence, the attraction which is exercised upon each conscious element by the center of the universe? The call toward the great union, whose attainment is the only real business in nature…?"

13 "Love is a sacred reserve of energy, and the very blood stream of spiritual evolution; that is the first discovery we can make from the Sense of Earth."

14 "The multiple rises, attracted and incorporated by the 'Already One.'"

15 "The forces which confront each other all around us are not purely destructive; each of them includes some positive constituents. By virtue of these very constituents, they are unwittingly converging towards a common conception of the future."

16 "Omega, He towards whom all converges, is concurrently He from whom all radiates. Impossible to place Him as a focus at the summit of the universe, without at the same time diffusing His presence in the intimate heart of the smallest movement of evolution."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite