teilhard on rocks

I was struck by this observation while listening to a Krista Tippett podcast about Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit philosopher and paleontologist.

MS. TIPPETT: Right. I'm just going to read some of these lines that really struck me. "At the very beginning of my conscious life in my efforts to attain and grasp the solidity to which my innate demand for plentitude impelled me, I tried above all to capture the essence of matter by looking for it in its most closely defined and concentrated and heaviest forms. Then it was that my newly born attraction to the world of rocks began to produce the beginning of what was to be a permanent broadening of the foundations of my interior life." And he says, the truth is, that he’s never been able to feel at home even at the peak of his spiritual trajectory unless immersed in an ocean of matter.

 © T.H. Forbes Co., 2015