What is man?

He is a material being, organized after a peculiar manner; conformed to a certain mode of thinking- of feeling; capable of modification in certain modes peculiar to himself- to his organization- to that particular combination of matter which is found assembled in him.

What origin do we give to the human species?

Like all other beings, man is a production of Nature, who resembles them in some respects, and finds himself submitted to the same laws; who differs from them in other respects, and follows particular laws, determined by the diversity of his confirmation.

Whence came man?

Our experience on this head does not capacitate us to resolve the question; but that it cannot interest us, as it suffices for us to know that man exists; that he is constituted, as to be competent to the effects we witness.

Adapted from System of Nature by d’Holdbach

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “Untitled

  1. john zande says:

    Am interested, are you saying its not important for us to know from whence we came, or its unnecessary?


  2. Daniela says:

    Whatever, whoever is made out of love is alive. Every newborn is a perfectly formed miracle in biological, evolutionary, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental sense … and with capacity to love or to hate, to heal or to harm; as the spices awaiting him will teach; by word and by deed. There is no urgency … it is primal, endless and final repetition.

    Be Well,


    • makagutu says:

      Thanks Daniela, in the bigger scope there is no urgency but I think for each individual it is a race to the grave, and this sort of calls for redirecting energies to living here fully.


  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    It is important to know, if possible, from where we came. However, I think it is even more important as how we live our lives. Great point, my Nairobi brother!


    • makagutu says:

      There are many dull brains whose concern is their next meal, the question of where we come is the least of their problem. How to live therefore becomes for them the most important question


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