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If left to their own capacity, many would fall back and fail to grow. But life or Nature does not leave them unassisted like that. For there is the World-Idea, the vital spark, the germ born of World-Mind, the mental picture held by the higher power, which pushes each living cell to fulfil itself. But there is also ignorance opposition and deterioration. Man must make his contribution and in the end does so. He has to. As the World-Idea unfolds, he gets more self-control and gains self-knowledge until he discovers the Overself.

-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 4 : True Idea of Man > # 213