Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Darwin day from the Temple of the Human Spirit!

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Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

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The Badge of Man

“Then she understood that what she needed was the motion to a purpose, no matter how small or in what form, the sense of an activity going step by step to some chosen end across a span of time. The work of cooking a meal was like a closed circle, completed and gone, leading nowhere. But the work of building a path was a living sum, so that no day was left to die behind her, but each day contained all those that preceded it, each day acquired its immortality on every succeeding tomorrow. A circle, she thought, is the movement proper to physical nature, they say that there’s nothing but circular motion in the inanimate universe around us, but the straight line is the badge of man, the straight line of a geometrical abstraction that makes roads, rails and bridges, the straight line that cuts the curving aimlessness of nature by a purposeful motion from a start to an end. The cooking of meals, she thought, is like the feeding of coal to an engine for the sake of a great run, but what would be the imbecile torture of coaling an engine that had no run to make? It is not proper for man’s life to be a circle, she thought, or a string of circles dropping off like zeros behind him–man’s life must be a straight line of motion from goal to farther goal, each leading to the next and to a single growing sum, like a journey down the track of a railroad, from station to station” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Man’s Dominion over Nature

Man’s dominion over nature is not the result of a mystical process. Rather it is the result of his obedience to natural laws, and the use of his mind in accordance with them. Dominion of nature is not a gift or a birthright, it is a glory that has been earned by Man.

The Holy City

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? And then people tell me about pilgrimages to some dank pesthole in a jungle where they go to do homage to a crumbling temple, to a leering stone monster with a pot belly, created by some leprous savage. Is it beauty and genius they want to see? Do they seek a sense of the sublime? Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window – no, I don’t feel how small I am – but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.” – Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead”

To the Glory of Man

This image is an incredible testament to the power of the human spirit. In one frame it captures the truth of our existence, and the key to our greatness. It is mans mind using reason, the foundation of the human spirit, not faith, that has raised him out of the mosquito filled swamps and into the heavens. It is man’s mind, not feeling, that has launched him out of insufferable child mortality and 30 year lifespans and into longevity and dominance on this planet. It is man’s mind, not fear, that has launched him out of poverty and into the prosperity of the Industrial Age. It is man’s mind, not revelation, that has launched him out of starvation and into a land of plenty. It is man’s mind, not whim, that has launched him out of the ugliness of the cave paintings and into the beauty of the Renaissance. It is man’s mind, not sentiment, that has launched man out of caves and huts and into skyscrapers. It is man’s mind, not instinct, that has launched him out of ignorance of the origins of such things as lightning and into the knowledge of all this world and its wonderful workings. All of these things cast their light upon the world, and it is for us, in the name of truth and justice, to unfurl a banner above the world that we have made that all may know what it proclaims: For the Glory of Man.