The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity


The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests itself as

mechanical force or chemical affinity in the inorganic nature,

unfolds itself as the desire of the preservation of species in the

vegetables and animals. See how vegetables fertilize themselves in a

complicated way, and how they spread their seeds far and wide in a

most mysterious manner. A far more developed form of the same desire

is seen in the se
ual attachment and parental love of animals. Who

does not know that even the smallest birds defend their young against

every enemy with self -sacrificing courage, and that they bring food

whilst they themselves often starve and grow lean? In human beings

we can observe the various transformations of the self-same desire.

For instance, sorrow or despair is experienced when it is impossible;

anger, when it is hindered by others; joy, when it is fulfilled;

fear, when it is threatened; pleasure, when it is facilitated.

Although it manifests itself as the sexual attachment and parental

love in lower animals, yet its developed forms, such as sympathy,

loyalty, benevolence, mercy, humanity, are observed in human beings.

Again, the creative force in inorganic nature, in order to assert

itself and act more effectively, creates the germ of organic nature,

and gradually ascending the scale of evolution, develops the sense

organs and the nervous system; hence intellectual powers, such as

sensation, perception, imagination, memory, unfold themselves. Thus

the creative force, exerting itself gradually, widens its sphere of

action, and necessitates the union of individuals into families,

clans, tribes, communities, and nations. For the sake of this union

and co-operation they established customs, enacted laws, and

instituted political and educational systems. Furthermore, to

reinforce itself, it gave birth to languages and sciences; and to

enrich itself, morality and religion.