Alan Watts... Appling
Look! Here is a tree in the garden, and every summer it produces apples, and we call it an apple tree, because the tree apples, that is what it does.
Now here is a solar system, inside a galaxy, and one of the peculiarities of this solar system, at least on the planet Earth, the thing peoples. In just the same way an apple tree apples.
Now, maybe two million years ago, somebody came from another galaxy in a flying saucer, and had a look at the solar system, and they looked it over, shrugged their shoulders and said. "just a bunch of rocks"! And they went away.
Later on, maybe two million years later, they came around, and they looked at it again, and they said, "excuse me, we thought it was a bunch of rocks and it is peopling, and it is alive after all. It has done something intelligent".
Because, you see we grow out of this world, in the exactly the same way as the apple grows on the apple tree. If evolution means anything, it means that, but you see we curiously twist it.
We say first of all in the beginning, there was nothing but gas and rock, and intelligence just happened to arrive in it. Like a sort of fungus or slime on the top of the whole thing. Ahh, but we are thinking in a way you see which disconnects the intelligence from the rocks.
Where there are rocks, watch out! Because the rocks are going to eventually come alive!