"We see, with deep feeling, that if Man is no longer (as one could formerly conceive him) the immobile centre of an already completed world–on the other hand from now on he tends, in our experience, to represent the very leading shoot of a universe that is in process, simultaneously, of material ‘complexification’ and psychic interiorisation: both processes continually accelerating.

It is a vision whose impact should strike our minds with such force as to raise to a higher level, or even to revolutionise, our philosophy of existence."

–Teilhard de Chardin (January 10, 1950)

Man’s Place in Nature