reptiles & allegory: Origin of Species, 2014



We will now discuss the words of struggle.


Yet with every extinction we behold

the face we forget

the birds singing

insects and seeds destroying

we forget the eggs

destroyed each year.


I should premise including dependence of one important animal

truly to struggle with the edge of a thousand seeds

more truly struggle with the ground, these trees and disseminated birds

to devour and pass into each other.


A struggle to increase eggs or seeds

must suffer destruction

on the principle that no product can possibly survive

a struggle of species with the physical conditions of life

applied to the animal kingdoms.


The rule that destroyed the earth

covered the slow-breeding years

in less than two seeds and a million plants

descended from the first pair of parasites.


The immutable world was thought to lapse

without geological record so perfect

that the mutation of mutation

to admit clear and distinct changes of the steps

as that felt by so many geologists

had been formed and great valleys

still at work of even a million slight variations.


I am fully convinced of the truth

of an abstract multitude of facts

all viewed from a point of view directly opposite

to ignorance, expressions and unexplained difficulties

but I look with confidence to the future

to view the species by conviction

of prejudice be removed.


In the future I see open fields

securely based on Herbert Spencer

and capacity by gradation, much light and history.

the skull has no consciousness
the skull has no consciousness

Authors of the highest species to my mind

with the laws impressed on matter by the production

and extinction of the past and present

determining the birth and death of the individual

special creations, lineal descendants of some few beings

which lived in unaltered likeness

to a distant futurity.


All organic shows,

all the utterly extinct,

a glance into the common class

will ultimately procreate dominant forms of life

long before we may feel

the ordinary desolated world

progress towards perfection.


It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank

with plants, birds, various insects and worms crawling through the damp earth

and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

your words are the sails
your words are the sails

A.C. 2014

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