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A tension holds all things in equilibrium between coming together of their elements, temporary maintenance of their forms, and passing away into dissolution. This includes the mineral, the plant, the animal, and the human. But when we look at the last-named, a new possibility opens up which could not have happened to Nature's earlier kingdoms. All things dissolve in the end, I wrote, but man alone dissolves consciously into a higher Consciousness.

-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 4 : True Idea of Man > # 42

-- Perspectives > Chapter 26: World-Idea > # 32