Chapter I

 

Between Inanimate Objects and Living Creatures

 

Long before the invention of the microscope, whatever opinion man has of objects-was simply one confined to what he could see with his bare eyes. The sight of an object being able to move about and the presence of the life process in the object would lead him to claim the object as a living creature. To him, any object that, as far as his bare eyes could see, has neither the capability of moving about nor the life process in it is but an inanimate object.

With the advancement of science, man has now come to know more and more about the smallest of nature; accordingly, he has also come to know more and more about the presence of other aspects of nature, which earlier was unknown to man. He also knows that all things have evolved from the various combinations of molecules, and that these molecules are made up of atoms, which themselves are made up of subatomic components. (See illustration 1).

 


Of course, it is not only objects that are composed of subatomic components. Though not as simple as objects in their molecular composition, man, animals, and plants turn out to have evolved from the same raw material, i.e. subatomic components. In illustration 2 we can see how man, animals, and plants evolve sequentially from Cell tissues. The Cell tissues themselves evolve from the combination of individual Cells, which themselves evolve from the combination of the various combinations of the molecules in it. Similarly, the molecules develop from atoms, which themselves develop from atoms’ parts.

 


Given all this, can we still not say that everything—be it objects, plants, animals, or man—is made up of  the same basic material, i.e. atoms’ parts? In the past, man had always had the idea that everything around him was static and powerless. Today, however, there are sections of the human society that have a different opinion now that they have known that inside objects there actually exist immense power and incredibly fast movements, all of which comes from the atoms’ parts from which the objects have evolved. As we know, an atom, extremely minuscule as it is, revolves electrons around its nucleus at a speed of 2.42 x 106 meter per second. Unbelievable! Static and powerless as it seems, the object has, in the hand of human beings, proven its very existence through the overwhelmingly destructive explosions of the atom bombs in the Second World War but explosions are not the only way by which atoms confirm their presence. They do have more subtle, easier ways to prove their presence, such as in the evolution of the contents of the universe, including human beings.

 

Illustration 3 shows the difference between objects, plants, animals, and Man by their ability to move. Objects do not have the ability to move from place to place on its own. The movement of plants is seen in their growth. Animals have not only the ability to grow but also the ability to move from place to place. Human beings, besides being capable of growing, are also capable of moving from place to place with or without the help of facilities that they themselves invent. The difference in the ability to think between them being poles apart, man naturally objects to accepting the idea that both he and objects originate from the same basic material—though, in fact, both he and objects are of the same origin. There’s more to this: given the fact that the combination of atoms’ parts has been created in so great a variety, is it not possible that an entity as complicated as a human being may in the process be created? Is it not to be admitted that in nature there is always “the most” of something, and as it so happens, we are one of those categorized as being “the most” complex of all God’s creations.

 

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