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Phenomenon of Man

By Teilhard de Chardin

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“A new step in the genesis of mind… A new domain of psychical expansion… waiting for us beyond the line where empires are set up against other empires, in an interior totalisation of the world upon itself… a spirit of the earth.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Shambhala

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“death is the regular, indispensable condition of the replacement of one individual by another along a phyletic stem. Death - the essential lever in the mechanism and upsurge of life.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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“It is the destiny of things real to destroy those that are artifice.”

Chapters: 49. No Set Mind

Themes: Fate / Destiny

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“Modern man no longer knows what to do with the time and the potentialities he has unleashed. We groan under the burden of this wealth.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Wealth Time

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“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Skillful Means

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“The consciousness of each of us is evolution looking at itself and reflecting upon itself. With that very simple view… a new light – inexhaustibly harmonious – bursts upon the world, radiating from ourselves.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

Themes: Evolution

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“the most unexpected is perhaps what we should most expect.”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

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“To overcome every obstacle to unite our beings without loss of individual personality, there is a single force which nothing can replace and nothing destroy, a force which urges us forward and draws us upwards…”

Chapters: 34. An Unmoored Boat

Themes: Obstacles

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“We are evolution.”

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Evolution

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“your ideas mature gradually—let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on… accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”

Chapters: 76. The Soft and Flexible

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