There is grandeur in
this view of life, with its several powers, having been
originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that,
whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed
law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most
beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
If I were to give an award for
the single best idea anyone has ever had, I’d give it to Darwin,
ahead of Newton and Einstein and everyone else. In a single
stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the
realm of life, meaning, and purpose with the realm of space and
time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law.