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Published on Apr 8, 2011
Allow me to say a few words of farewell.
Presently you and I will part. But in parting, we shall stand in solidarity and recall that without a complete and profound knowledge of nature it is not possible to fashion a modern and free scientific worldview.
And even if some of you say: this very scientific worldview serves one well when he is behind the pulpit, in the laboratory, and in the museum, but one must not rely on it during the difficult moments of one's life.
Believe me, only those who have not thought through the evolutionary idea can speak thusly. But having pondered it to its impenetrable depths, it is specifically in the idea of evolution where we find the answers on all matters of daily life.
And this is not a mere talk. And I pledge this entire museum which was created half a century ago literally from nothing and just because of these evolutionary depths stood and stand behind each of my butterflies' wings and each of my birds' feathers.
And on parting with you, perhaps for all time, I ask you to accept this final covenant.
My goal was not to charge you with new facts or new ideas. My task was entirely different one and the more perceptive of you, perhaps, have understood what it was.
Take just a little of the faith I have in science! My love of science...
Will sow in you the spark of my enthusiasm, and this spark, I beg you, to carry with you, and let burn unnoticed and unseen until the moment when, perhaps, for you comes the time to look up and around or when fatigue or reflection overcomes and you may ask yourself, what could give theory of evolution to the life. And then remember these walls and my words.
And let my little spark begin to smolder in you, and take hold of you, and burn and give warmth, and give you strength to continue to serve our great motherland, the country of our great people.
With this request, and these wishes, with this covenant, let me bid farewell.