Beyond mere survival

by Kevin Birnbaum

Large_Magellanic_CloudFrom Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion by John Polkinghorne, p. 56:

Once one accepts the enrichment beyond the merely material of the context in which human life is lived, one is no longer restricted to the notion of Darwinian survival necessity as providing the sole engine driving hominid development. In these noetic realms of rational skill, moral imperative and aesthetic delight—of encounter with the true, the good and the beautiful—other forces are at work to draw out and enhance distinctive human potentialities. Survival is replaced by something that one may call satisfaction, the deep contentment of understanding and the joyful delight that draws on enquirers and elicits the growth of their capacities.

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