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Where Death Will Jump I must scan and scan, to always seek the surprise point of danger. My children die easily; people in my tribe die easily. It is my job to always watch and watch to discover where death will jump up to snatch one of us away. Sometimes death is fast and comes as a beast who eats us quickly, other times it takes us slowly, as when we starve if I fail to kill enough game; sometimes we are eaten, sometimes we starve, at all times, I must scan and scan and watch closely.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a geologist, paleontologist, philosopher-theologian and priest. Leaving his teaching career at the Catholic Institute in Paris where his superiors charged him with unorthodox views, he spent twenty years in China, participating in the discovery of Peking man. Writing in "The Phenomenon of Man," he said, "With his customary acute intuition, Henri Breuil said to me one day: 'We have only just cast off the last moorings which held us to the Neolithic age'."
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