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Henry Drummond On The Aliveness Of Man


Henry Drummond, Natural Law In The Spiritual World (London: Hodder and Stoughton; 1898), pp. 155-156.


‘Man is a mass of correspondences, and because of these, because he is alive to countless objects and influences to which lower organisms are dead, he is the most living of all creatures. . . . The tree, in correspondence with a narrow area of environment is to that extent alive; to all beyond, to the all but infinite area beyond, it is dead. A still wider portion of this vast area is the possession of the insect and the bird. Their’s [sic] also, nevertheless, is but a little world, and to an immense further area insect and bird are dead. All organisms likewise are living and dead – living to all within the circumference of their correspondences, dead to all beyond. . . . [U]ntil man appears there is no organism to correspond with the whole environment.’