Darwin’s "Heaven"
Posted: 29 July 2006 11:34 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The following is an excerpt of an article that appears in the latest issue of Pique newsletter. It was written by Phil Appleman and reprinted from the May-June, 2006 issue of The Humanist magazine.
    "Darwin on his deathbed could look back to forty-five years of devotion to a loving wife. Forty-five years of devotion to a grand idea. At the end he had one characteristic regret: that he could not somehow have lived two lives, so that one could have been spent in full-time philanthropic work. The mind is tyrannically ambitious; the flesh cannot keep pace with it. Still, Darwin was content: he had made his commitments, and he had kept them. In an often hostile and bewildering world, he had lived honestly and decently: Darwin understood that that is the only ‘Heaven’ we will ever know. And is the only one we need."