In living nature ...
... even more clearly than in the inorganic world - nothing happens which is not in connection with the whole.
In living nature
In living nature - even more clearly than in the inorganic world - nothing happens which is not in connection with the whole. Even if our experience seems to be isolated when we look at specific facts of nature it does not prove that we are isolated. It is just a question of how we can find the connection of these phenomena and occurances to the larger whole.
The ideas of the are fruitful for studying the mineral kingdom can be used to study the plant, animal and human kingdom in order to understand their mineral aspects. The idea of an organism, of a living entitity, allows us to analyse and synthesize the world at a new level and life is born. Sensation too, nay, feeling, or even thinking raise the activity of the mineral kingdom to ever sublimer levels of organization as we get to know the life of this activity. Ideas of a moral order, the good, the true and the beautiful, may then permeate these worlds as they organize the organism of our very society. The question as to the organizing entities and their origin, not only within the social organism, but also in the kingdoms of nature is one which particularly interests us.