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The New Testament                                       119
The ninth book of Chronicles, called


The strongest shall survive and multiply.
The weak shall die.
And the clever meek, if they survive,
will have to hide or put on a disguise.
And these became the laws
of the survival of the fittest.

Chapter I: Darwin's Early Life

And in the year 1809, Chevalier de Lamarck published Philosophie Zoologique, in which he proclaimed that organic evolution was a universal principle of Nature. And although the idea was immediately rejected by all scholars at the time, the spirit of the idea did rise up and enter the mind's eye of one newborn boy. And family members gathered to give that boy a name. And that name was Charles. And so it came to pass that Charles Darwin was born in England on the twelfth day of the second month of that year.
      Now it happened that Charles Darwin had "biological blood" in his own blood: His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a physician, botanist, philosopher and poet.101 His father, Robert Darwin, was a doctor with a large and profitable practice.
      And Darwin enjoyed an ideal childhood with few concerns. Money from his father would throughout his life alleviate him of financial worries. But at the age of eight, his mother died. Now as a young man he studied chemistry -- he found it fun to mix the chemicals to see what would result. And he spent endless hours collecting shells, birds' eggs, butterflies and beetles -- insects and creeping creatures interested him. Now it would turn out that Darwin would have to choose between one of two paths for his career: science or religion.
      And at sixteen years of age, entered he the University of Edinburgh. And there he studied medicine. But he did not take a liking to the lectures and the books -- he was an undistinguished student. Instead, he spent much time talking to zoologists and to geologists -- Nature's animals and Earth's structures seemed to interest him. Then one day, the students of his class went to see an operation. Now in the early 1800's, there was no anesthesia. And right before the students' eyes, the doctors cut open a sick-one's flesh, who gave out a cry of anguish and of pain. And Darwin had to leave the room -- he could not stand to see this sight of suffering. Soon thereafter, Darwin left the University -- he had no desire to become a doctor.


101 In 1794, Erasmus Darwin published a treatise on the theory of evolution called Zoonomia. Just before he died in 1802, he wrote the book The Temple of Nature.

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