The organism does not evolve out of nothing “Out of nothing, nothing comes”. The living organism is a development an evolution from a microscopic cell, which is itself an organism composed of living matter and a nucleus, developed from invisible, living substance which attracts to itself, assimilates and transforms tangible elements from the material world.
Everything living comes from preceding life in an unbroken chain, the last conceivable link of which is in the one Infinite and Eternal Source of Life, the Supreme Being. Metaphysical science recognizes this conception under the term of “the Cosmic Life”.
In thinking upon this subject it is necessary, in order to avoid confusion, to keep clearly in mind the distinction between the Thing Itself and its action. There can be no action without something to act; no phenomena without the being of which the phenomena are an expression; no force without the power which exerts the force; no thought without a thinker. The words, action, phenomena, force, thought, stand for abstract ideas, separated from the real, substantial things or causes which lie back of them, for purposes of thought.
We do not see motion; we see a body change its position in space as when one picks up a book from one side of the desk and places it on the other side. we do not see force; we see the effects of the force upon a body in changing its position in space. We do not see life; we see only its manifestation in organism. But knowing intuitively and by experience that there can be no effect without a cause, no motion without force, and no force without something or somebody to exercise power, we assume the existence of that power, person or thing as a primitive fact and name it, although we cannot see the power, person or thing with the physical eye, even with the aid of an ultra microscope. We see the primary substance, power, person or thing with the mental eye and are satisfied.
To refuse to see and acknowledge the substance, principle, power or person behind the force and to confine thinking within the limits of matter, phenomena and force is to kill the highest aspirations of the soul, stultify the intellect and land the thinker in the morass of materialism. A certain class of thinkers, especially in physical science, plume themselves upon their rigid limitation of thought within the bounds of physical phenomena. They deny not only the validity of any attempt to see what lies beyond phenomena, but the reality and substantial existence of anything lying beyond that arbitrary boundary. Metaphysics is their pet aversion. Such men invariably entangle themselves in a maze of contradictions and absurdities and mislead their followers. They juggle with words, invert the terms of logical propositions, formulate “circular syllogisms” and make causes follow effects.
Metaphysical thought and inquiry are quite as legitimate and valid, and quite as capable of being conducted logically and scientifically, as physical research. There is a valid and scientific meta-physics as well as physics.
George Henry Lewes says. “It is experience our own or that of others on which we rest. We are not at liberty to invent experience, nor to infer anything contrary to it, only to extend it analogically. Speculation to be valid must be simply the extension of experience by the analogies of experiences. It is possible to move securely in the ground of speculation so long as we carefully pick our way, and consider each position insecure till what was merely probable becomes prove.”
Hahnemann at first apparently had the distinction between power and force pretty clearly in mind in his use, in the Organon, of the two terms; “Dynamis” the life power, the substance, the thing itself, objectively considered; and “Life -Force”, the action of the power; but he failed to maintain the distinction, uniformly in his subsequent use of the words. All doubts as to Hahnemann’s ultimate position is removed and the subject is placed beyond controversy, so far as he is concerned, however, by the final sixth revised edition of the Organon which is at last accessible to the profession. In this edition Hahnemann invariably use the term, *Vital Principle instead of Vital Force, even speaking in one place of *the vital force of the Vital Principle”, thus making it clear that he held firmly to the substantialistic view of life-that is, that Life is a substantial, objective entity; a primary, originating power or principle, and not a mere condition, or “mode of motion”.
From this conception arises the dynamical theory of disease upon which is based the Hahnemannian pathology, viz:- *that disease is always primarily a dynamical (or functional) disturbance of the vital principle. Upon this is reared the entire edifice of therapeutic medication, governed by the law of similia as a selective principle.
Life then is not primarily a phenomenon. It is cause of phenomena. Life is not, strictly speaking, a force; it is a substance, a power or principle which acts to exert or cause force Life is a substantial, self-existent, self-acting entity, not a mere abstraction. Life is not a product; it is the producer, whether it be of matter or motion. In brief, Life is intelligent, incorporeal vital substance the original “simple substance” of the ancients.
Life in a dynamical sense, is *energy the universal principle and cause of vital action and reaction, organization, growth, self-preservation and reproduction, inherent in all living things.
Life therefore, is included under the general principle of science, which declares that “all force is persistent and indestructible”. *and this is the scientific statement of the doctrine of immortality.
Energy must exist before work can be done. Hence, life and mind logically and necessarily precede organization, and thus must be not only the cause but the controlling power of organization. Life built the body and life preserves it, as long as it is needed for the purpose of “our indwelling rational spirit,” as Hahnemann calls it.
All schools of modern philosophy now agree that “life can come only from previous life”. As a scientific doctrine the theory of “spontaneous generation,” after centuries of stubbornly contested existence, has been abandoned by all except a very few stubborn persons of the materialistic school who still cling to the ancient fallacy, unaware that the ground has been cut from under them and that they have been left, like Mahomet’s coffin, suspended in midair.
Step by step, with many long periods of inactivity and sometimes of retrogression, the search for the origin of life has gone on. Repeatedly, when brought up against the logical necessity of taking the final step and acknowledging the One Infinite and Eternal Source of Life the searchers have stubbornly turned back and begun over again only to return to the same inescapable point.
Chemist, physicist and biologist alike each in his own special path, pursues it to the end, and there finds himself standing with his fellows on the brink of the great mystery which can only be solved by admitting the existence of the Supreme Being.
The chemist, guided by the law of chemical affinity and molecular attraction, reaches the sphere of Universal Attraction. He stops and turns away. The biologist, tracing life back through organism to the cell, and still further back to the formless bit of protoplasm lying, as it were, on the shore of the infinite ocean of his life, also halts and turns away rather than spread the sails of his little bark and sail by faith, if he must, into the have which is in plain view if he will be open his eyes and look.
The physicist analyses matter, divides and subdivides it until it disappears in the hypothetical inanimate, unintelligent ether of space which he conceives to be the source both of matter and force, and there he also halts. Each is unsatisfied and must ever remain so until, like Hahnemann, he yields to that innermost urge of the soul which demands of every man that he take the final step and acknowledge the Infinite Life and Mind of the Universe, the source and substance of all power, the Father Eternal, to whom he owes spiritual allegiance.