Happy Birthday Charles Darwin – born 200 years ago today.

It is unlikely that there is anyone alive today who would have been alive when Darwin was.

The oldest living people seem to be in the 120 years range. Darwin died on 19 April, 1882 – so the “living connection” formed by such an overlap would have only recently passed the point of no return.

it shows just how recent (in terms of generations) are these major changes in our understanding of life a la Darwin.

Of course, it is the work which people do during their life time which lives on after them.

Our awareness of the ongoing creation we are part of – life has been called a process of realisation – is sharpened by Darwin’s efforts.

Charles Darwin’s work and reputation stand out on the social landscape in unmistakable relief.

Who can read the concluding words of the Origin of Species and not hear  his voice speaking out across seeming eons to Genesis?

“”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 wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

 

 

 

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