Thomas Berry

A Quote by Thomas Berry on evolution, universe, pattern, creativity, and consciousness

We need merely understand that the evolutionary process is neither random nor determined but creative. It follows the general pattern of all creativity. While there is no way of fully understanding the origin moment of the universe we can appreciate the direction of evolution in its larger arc of development as moving from lesser to great complexity in structure and from lesser to greater modes of consciousness. We can also understand the governing principles of evolution in terms of its three movements toward differentiation, inner spontaneity, and comprehensive bonding.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 169

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on future, evolution, context, emergence, and universe

Our main source of psychic energy in the future will depend on our ability to understand this symbol of evolution in an acceptable context of interpretation. Only in the context of an emergent universe will the human project come to an integral understanding of itself. We must, however, come to experience the universe in its psychic as well as in its physical aspect. We need to experience the sequence of evolutionary transformations as moments of grace, and also as celebration moments in our new experience of the sacred.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 170

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, great self, experience, time, human, and existen

The universe must be experienced as the Great Self. Each is fulfilled in the other: the Great Self is fulfilled in the individual self, the individual self is fulfilled in the Great Self. Alienation is overcome as soon as we experience this surge of energy from the source that has brought the universe through the centuries. New fields of energy become available to support the human venture. These new energies find expression and support in celebration. For in the end the universe can only be explained in terms of celebration. It is all an exuberant expression of existence itself.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 170

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on emergence, random, creative, human, mystery, and beauty

For the emergent process, as noted by the geneticist Theodore Dobzhansky, is neither random nor determined but creative. Just as in human order, creativity is neither a rational deductive process nor the irrational wandering of the undisciplined mind but the emergence of beauty as mysterious as the blossoming of a field of daisies out of the dark Earth.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, human, mystery, existence, being, and judgment

There is an ultimate wildness in all this, for the universe, as existence itself, is a terrifying as well as a benign mode of being. If it grants us amazing powers over much of its functioning we must always remember that any arrogance on our part will ultimately be called to account. The beginning of wisdom in any human activity is a certain reverence before the primordial mystery of existence, for the world about us is a fearsome mode of being. We do not judge the universe.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 50

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on religion, spirit, and art

If the religious experience were simply some naive impression of the uninformed it would not have resulted in such intellectual insight, such spiritual exaltation, such spectacular religious ritual, or in the immense volume of song and poetry and literature and dance that humans have produced.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 78

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on history, geography, time, and space

Even as regards Earth we are more committed to history than to geography, more committed to time than to space. History is endless. Place is limited.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 92

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on human, outer space, space, and place

We have indeed been out in space, but some are under the illusion that we have been off Earth. In reality humans have never been off Earth. We have always been on a piece of Earth in space. We survive only as long as we can breathe the air of Earth, drink its waters, and be nourished by its foods. There is no indication that as humans we will ever live anywhere else in the universe. Place, too, is continuously being transformed but only within its own possibilities.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 92..93

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on earth, sun, land, water, air, life, light, energy, and atmosphere

Earth as we know it came into being through its four great components: land, water, air, and life, all interacting in the light and energy of the sun. Although there was a sequence in the formation of the land sphere, the atmosphere, the water sphere, and the life sphere, these have so interacted with one another in the shaping of the Earth that we must somehow think of these as all present to one another and interacting from the beginning.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 28

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on history, age, and success

The success or failure of any historical age is the extent to which those living at that time have fulfilled the special role that history has imposed upon them.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 7

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