The Struggle for Life
It is the doctrine of Malthus
applied with manifold force
to the whole animal
and vegetable kingdoms.
|The Struggle for Life|
The full title of Darwin's book was
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life."
"I should premise that I use the term Struggle for Existence in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important)
not only the life of the individual,
but success in leaving progeny."
"But the mere existence of individual variability and of some few well-marked varieties, though necessary as the foundation for the work, helps us but little in understanding how species arise in nature. How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organisation to another part, and to the conditions of life, and of one distinct organic being to another being, been perfected? We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and missletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; in the structure of the beetle which dives through the water; in the plumed seed which is wafted by the gentlest breeze; in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world."
The Evolution Of The Origin Of Species (BBC)
"There is grandeur in this view of life,
with its several powers,
having been originally breathed into a few forms
or into one;
and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on
according to the fixed law of gravity,
from so simple a beginning endless forms
most beautiful and most wonderful
and are being, evolved."
|A monk once asked Zen master Mu-chou Lu,|
"We dress and eat every day,
and how do we escape
from having to put on clothes and eat food?"
"We dress; we eat."
The monk said,
"I don't understand."
"If you don't understand,
put on your clothes, and eat your food."
What makes us feel good about our work?
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
Love Life Enough To Struggle
© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon