This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The ascending presentation of animal forms

If we can say that contemporary paleontology proves anything to us in this regard, it is that the various animal forms presented themselves in a vaguely ascending order, moving from single-cell organisms to vastly complex ones. It should be noted, of course, that even the simplest organisms are themselves vastly complex. The appearance of these forms does not move in a continuous line but seems to jump from category to category, and with each jump we see the appearance of many kinds of animals at once without any apparent predecessors.

There is however a structural commonality between organisms that becomes more apparent the higher the organism and the more ‘consciousness’ begins to play a role. This is taken by transformists as a suggestion of ‘common ancestry’ but what it represents from a metaphysical point of view is the traditional relationship between microcosm and macrocosm, wherein man, being the center of life, is built on a pattern that is analogous to the created universe. As animal species are further removed from the center and becomes more ‘peripheral’ their structure will be less obviously like man’s but will still show signs of similarity, such as through corresponding sensory organs.

What transformists call common ancestry is for the traditional doctrine a common Being, which is to say all life is patterned for existence within this world under its conditions and this implies similarities. What it does not imply is an unbroken chain of successive transformations wherein one species springs forth from another, and in fact this offends the basic laws of metaphysics. The possession of a form (an aggregate of qualities) means that reproduction results in new expressions of those qualities through different matter but it does not permit of new qualities to be introduced. This would amount to claiming that one form could produce a completely different form possessing qualities not present in the first, which is absurd.

This difficulty does not present itself to the transformists. By denying the existence of forms they interpret all qualities in terms of quantity, and if qualities are the productions of quantity and its combinations, then of course it is very believable that the variety of species we see were produced by material addition, subtraction, and reorganization, without the intervention of any immaterial principle.

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