and unity no less palpable and impassioned than the sensibilities of the mystic, the soothsayer, the adept.
humanity’s ancient tribal ancestors, and clearly a precursor to and seeding for modern unified theory, Gaian cosmology, the study of fractals, even the vital field of ecology... a word first coined by Haeckel himself!
Hacekel has been called a “visionary” and a “foremost father of evolutionary thought” by those enamored with his work, while being labeled an “evangelist of evolution” and “apostle of deceit” by Creationists. His bigger than life personality and writings had a profound effect on people of great historical significance, not merely the genocidal Nazis that came into existence after his death and appropriated his most unfortunate ideas of racial superiority, but also the pioneering Jewish psychologist Sigmund Freud, the American inventor Thomas Edison and controversial sensualist author D. H. Lawrence. Most laudable, is his early championing of a unified, purposeful force of life, not far removed from the animist assertions of
One needs only to spend a little time with his amazing artwork, to realize what a seer, ecstatic and celebrant Ernst Haeckel really was. Even as one part of him postulated a hierarchy of species and races, the artist and mystic in him was clearly seeing the near-magical interconnectedness, directedness and resolute motion of all creation or life... and in this way, he was indeed seeing clearly. “Nothing is constant but change! All existence is a perpetual flux of 'being and becoming!' That is the broad lesson of the evolution of the world.” (Ernst Haeckel)
Published on Jan 30, 2013