When did the earth begin to be peopled?
"In the beginning all was chaos; the elements were mixed up in a state of confusion. Gradually those elements settled into their proper places, and
then appeared the orders of living beings appropriate to the successive states of the globe."
Whence came the living beings that appeared upon the earth?
"The germs of these were contained in the earth itself, awaiting the favorable moment for their development. The organic principles came together on
the cessation of the force which held them asunder, and those principles formed the germs of all the living beings that have peopled the earth. Those
germs remained latent and inert, like the chrysalis and the seed of plants, until the arrival of the proper moment for the vivification of each
species. The beings of each species then came together and multiplied."
Where were the organic elements before the formation of the earth?
"They existed, so to say in the fluidic state, in space, in the midst of the spirits, or in other planets, awaiting the creation of the earth in order
to begin a new existence on a new globe."
Chemistry shows us the molecules of inorganic bodies uniting to produce crystals of regular forms that are invariable for each species, as soon as
those molecules find themselves in the conditions necessary to their combination. The slightest disturbance of those conditions suffices to prevent
the union of the material elements, or, at least, to prevent the regular arrangement of the latter which constitutes the crystal.
Why should not the same action take place among the organic elements? we preserve for years the seeds of plants and of animals, which are only
vivified at a certain temperature and under certain conditions: grains of wheat have been seen to germinate after the lapse of centuries. There is,
then, in seeds a latent principle of vitality, which only awaits the concourse of favorable circumstances to develop itself.
May not that which takes place under our eyes every day have also taken place at the origin of the globe? Does this view of the formation of living
beings brought forth out of chaos by the action of the forces of nature itself detract in any way from the glory of God? So far from doing this, the
view of creation thus presented to us is more consonant than any other with our sense of the vastness of His power exerting its sway over all the
worlds of infinity through the action of universal laws.
This theory, it is true, does not solve the problem of the origin of the vital elements, but nature has mysteries which it is as yet impossible for
us to explain. -Allan Kardec
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