Otto Rank, on Darwin

“By supplanting this doctrine of creation with the doctrine of progressive evolution, Darwin established a mechanical conception of organic life that suited the machine age, and led far beyond biology to a new conception of education and government. Yet what seemed to him and others so revolutionary an idea was in effect an admission that man is not his own creator and an acceptance of uncontrollable happenings which determine our destiny. Thus, with Darwin, man accepted a natural development of which he is not the creator but the creature, not the master but the victim. The well-known fact that the scientist published his epoch-making work only after twenty years of doubtful hesitation is not explained by his fear of shocking the world, but by his inner resistance to renouncing man’s creativity while he himself was creating his own man-made universe.” (Otto Rank, Beyond Psychology)

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