Writings in Time of War Pierre Teilhard deChardin Written at the front and in the trenches during World War I, these essays contain the core of Teilhard deChardin's thought. His central theme is the unity of all life.
"This is the classic teaching: God, who is 'his own being' is at the same time 'the being of all'."
"Every being can subsist and hold together only through confluence with others."
"From time to time a great common aspiration comes to the surface from roots that lie deep down in mankind. At a given moment, the whole mass of souls thrills as it opens its eyes to a new light. Their multitude, for all its diversity, forms one whole in the unanimous and undisputed acceptance of a truth that is spontaneously taken as established; and, in one body, they set out together as though to find a new Holy Grail."
"Charity [love] safeguards the development of the universe and keeps it to the true path of its progress. Moral effort is the continuation in our souls of the same dynamic effort that gave us our bodies."
"Through God, all bodies come together, exert influence upon one another and sustain one another in the unity of the all-embracing sphere."
"Each monad is to some degree the centre of the entire Cosmos, resting upon and at the same time supporting its fabric."
"Like knots spaced out along a cord, or like the folds into which a single curtain falls, or the eddies forming on one and the same surface, everything that moves and lives in the universe represents, in one particular aspect, the modifications of one and the same thing."
"The condition of human progress is that men must at last cease to live in isolation; they must learn to recognize a common goal for their lives…and the fiery energies still undoubtedly smouldering in men must be fanned into flame and directed in common towards that end – not in an individual, not in a national, nor in a social, but in a HUMAN effort."
"Everything that is active, that moves or breathes, every physical, astral, or animate energy, every fragment of force, every spark of life, is equally sacred; for, in the humblest atom and the most brilliant star, in the lowest insect and the finest intelligence, there is the radiant smile and thrill of the same Absolute."
"Of one thing, at least, we may be certain: we have all the strength necessary to complete the work of Spirit upon earth. Our future is in our own hands."
"The bosom of Mother Earth is in some way the bosom of God."
"God, who is as immense and all-embracing as matter, and at the same time as warm and intimate as a soul, is the Centre who spreads through all things."
"Seek in utter darkness the dawn of God."
"Souls are not a group of isolated monads…they make up one single whole with the universe."
"From the pantheist point of view, everything in the universe is seen to be radically One, Absolute, and Divine."
"Only a long and patient struggle can teach us the operative power of faith and show us what it can achieve."
"After each new crisis, mankind has to yield to the evidence that it has changed for the better and has made progress; for life, and life alone, knows what is best for its children, and, what is more, reality always follows the most favourable line of development."
"In the domain of morality the Divine and the Terrestrial meet and are fused into one."
"We can count upon creative energy awaiting us, ready to transform us in a way that goes beyond anything that the eye of man has seen or his ear has heard."
"The interplay of the monads would be unintelligible if an aura did not extend from one to another: something, that is, which is peculiar to each one of them and at the same time common to all."
"People are called to form one single Body, in an intensely intimate divinization."
"The final purpose of providence is the influence of the transcendent Centre whose unerring action can infallibly guide chance toward its determined end."
"In each one of the souls that is born from it, the cosmos is incessantly fulfilling its finest hopes."
"Evolution is holy. There we have the truth that makes us free."