#63 Does the vital principle resides in a special agent, or is it only a property of organized matter; in other words, is it an effect or a cause ?
“It is both. Life is an effect produced by the action of an agent upon matter; this agent, without matter, is not life, just as matter cannot become alive without this agent. It gives life to all beings that absorb and assimilate it.”
It has to be an effect, as the only very First Cause is the Universe Itself. But it is also a cause, the cause of life of matter. “It gives life to all beings that absorb and assimilate it”, But it is still not life itself, without matter. This is a real agent of life, life needs the vital principle and the matter; after assimilation, life happens.
Lets take a real example that we all know, birth. The vital principle comes to the fetus and become a living human being. But we can wonder, where does this vital agent comes from? Not it is not the Spirit itself, the Spirit is the “user” of the matter, linked by the vital principle. So does the Spirit brings the vital principle with him? Or maybe this agent just reach its goal by itself, just like the spermatozoids reach the egg by themselves.
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