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Contemplate a tangled bank,

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Contemplate a tangled bank,
clothed with many plants of many kinds,
with birds singing on the bushes,
with various insects flitting about,
and
with worms crawling through the damp
earth:
these elaborately constructed forms
have all been produced by laws
acting around us.
Thus, the war of nature,
from famine and death,
the production of higher animals
directly follows.
There is grandeur in this view of life:
whilst the planet has gone
cycling on according to
the fixed law of gravity,
from so simple a beginning
endless forms most beautiful and
most wonderful have been
and are being
evolved.

-Charles Darwin,
The Origin of Species
(1859)

(The inscription on the brass plate in the photo - the view is out of my office window at home.)

Comments

Very nice. That was written one hundred years before I joined in. Things have become significantly more tangled since then.

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