26Re: The Life of the Earth in Past & Future Dornach, 17.2.23
- Mar 18, 1999We find these constituents today, if we take the clay found anywhere in
the field. These three materials were at one time mixed in the earth;
and today they are to be found out in the mountains. If we take a piece
of granite, we find that it is quite granular, there are splinters in
it. These splinters are split up mica-flakes. Then there are quite hard
grains; those are quartz. Then there is the uniting grit, which is
feldspar. These three substances have been softened and granulated; and
they are to be found today out in the mountains. They form the
foundation of the hardest mountain~ranges.
Thus, ever since the Earth was soft, they have been pounded, ground down
and mixed by all the various forces which are at work in the earth; and
today they are disintegrated in the mountains. But the remains of these
ancient substances, and especially the forces of these ancient
substances, are still found everywhere in the earth. And out of these
remains the plants are built up from the Cosmos.
So we may say: Well, if these cosmic forces do still work out there in
the mountains, they can do no more. These rocks are crumbled,
disintegrated, granulated; and they are too hard to become plants. But
with that which is within the earth, they can still be used to build up
the plants in cosmic space, especially because a plant always gives its
most important substances and forces to the germ.
You see, gentlemen, a study of this kind which takes into consideration
how the whole Cosmos collaborates with all that is alive, has no place
in modern Science. Lately, as you have perhaps read, a lecture was given
in Basle, in which the speaker explained how life must have originated
on earth. He said: One can hardly imagine that through a mere mingling,
or chemical compounding, of substances on earth, life can have arisen.
Then it must have cone out of cosmic space. But how? -
Now it is interesting to see how a modern scientist imagines that life
can come out of cosmic space. He says to himself: Well now, if it is not
on the earth, it must come from other stars. Now, the nearest star,
which might perhaps at one time have shot forth material which then flew
to the Earth - the nearest star is so far from the Earth that the
material which was thus split off, would have needed forty thousand
years to fly to the Earth.
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