There is a standard and basic pattern of vegetable and animal life in each system. But the Life Carriers are oftentimes confronted with the necessity of modifying these basic patterns to conform to the varying physical conditions which confront them on numerous worlds of space. They foster a generalized system type of mortal creature, but there are seven distinct physical types as well as thousands upon thousands of minor variants of these seven outstanding differentiations:
1. Atmospheric types.
2. Elemental types.
3. Gravity types.
4. Temperature types.
5. Electric types.
6. Energizing types.
7. Unnamed types.
The Satania system contains all of these types and numerous intermediate groups, although some are very sparingly represented.
1. The atmospheric types. The physical differences of the worlds of mortal habitation are chiefly determined by the nature of the atmosphere; other influences which contribute to the planetary differentiation of life are relatively minor.
The present atmospheric status of Urantia is almost ideal for the support of the breathing type of man, but the human type can be so modified that it can live on both the super-atmospheric and the sub-atmospheric planets. Such modifications also extend to the animal life, which differs greatly on the various inhabited spheres. There is a very great modification of animal orders on both the sub-atmospheric and super-atmospheric worlds.
Of the atmospheric types in Satania, about two and one—half percent are sub-breathers, about five percent super-breathers, and over ninety—one percent are mid—breathers, altogether accounting for ninety—eight and one—half percent of the Satania worlds.
Beings such as the Urantia races are classified as mid—breathers; we represent the average or typical breathing order of mortal existence. If intelligent creatures should exist on a planet with an atmosphere similar to that of our near neighbor, Venus, they would belong to the super-breather group, while those inhabiting a planet with an atmosphere as thin as that of our outer neighbor, Mars, would be denominated sub-breathers.
If mortals should inhabit a planet devoid of air, like our moon, they would belong to the separate order of non-breathers. This type represents a radical or extreme adjustment to the planetary environment and is separately considered. Non-breathers account for the remaining one and one—half percent of Satania worlds.
2. The elemental types. These differentiations have to do with the relation of mortals to water, air, and land, and there are four distinct species of intelligent life as they are related to these habitats. The Urantia races are of the land order.
It is quite impossible for us to envisage the environment which prevails during the early ages of some worlds. These unusual conditions make it necessary for the evolving animal life to remain in its marine nursery habitat for longer periods than on those planets which very early provide a hospitable land—and—atmosphere environment. Conversely, on some worlds of the super-breathers, when the planet is not too large, it is sometimes expedient to provide for a mortal type which can readily negotiate atmospheric passage. These air navigators sometimes intervene between the water and land groups, and they always live in a measure upon the ground, eventually evolving into land dwellers. But on some worlds, for ages they continue to fly even after they have become land—type beings.
It is both amazing and amusing to observe the early civilization of a primitive race of human beings taking shape, in one case, in the air and treetops and, in another, midst the shallow waters of sheltered tropic basins, as well as on the bottom, sides, and shores of these marine gardens of the dawn races of such extraordinary spheres. Even on Urantia there was a long age during which primitive man preserved himself and advanced his primitive civilization by living for the most part in the treetops as did his earlier arboreal ancestors. And on Urantia we still have a group of diminutive mammals (the bat family) that are air navigators, and our seals and whales, of marine habitat, are also of the mammalian order.
In Satania, of the elemental types, seven percent are water, ten percent air, seventy percent land, and thirteen percent combined land—and—air types. But these modifications of early intelligent creatures are neither human fishes nor human birds. They are of the human and pre-human types, neither super-fishes nor glorified birds but distinctly mortal.
3. The gravity types. By modification of creative design, intelligent beings are so constructed that they can freely function on spheres both smaller and larger than Urantia, thus being, in measure, accommodated to the gravity of those planets which are not of ideal size and density.
The various planetary types of mortals vary in height, the average in Nebadon being a trifle under seven feet. Some of the larger worlds are peopled with beings who are only about two and one—half feet in height. Mortal stature ranges from here on up through the average heights on the average—sized planets to around ten feet on the smaller inhabited spheres. In Satania there is only one race under four feet in height. Twenty percent of the Satania inhabited worlds are peopled with mortals of the modified gravity occupying the larger and the smaller planets.
4. The temperature types. It is possible to create living beings who can withstand temperatures both much higher and much lower than the life range of the Urantia races. There are five distinct orders of beings as they are classified with reference to heat—regulating mechanisms. In this scale the Urantia races are number three. Thirty percent of Satania worlds are peopled with races of modified temperature types. Twelve percent belong to the higher temperature ranges, eighteen percent to the lower, as compared with Urantians, who function in the mid—temperature group.
5. The electric types. The electric, magnetic, and electronic behavior of the worlds varies greatly. There are ten designs of mortal life variously fashioned to withstand the differential energy of the spheres. These ten varieties also react in slightly different ways to the chemical rays of ordinary sunlight. But these slight physical variations in no way affect the intellectual or the spiritual life.
Of the electric groupings of mortal life, almost twenty—three percent belong to class number four, the Urantia type of existence. These types are distributed as follows: number 1, one percent; number 2, two percent; number 3, five percent; number 4, twenty—three percent; number 5, twenty— seven percent; number 6, twenty—four percent, number 7, eight percent; number 8, five percent; number 9, three percent; number 10, two percent -— in whole percentages.
6. The energizing types. Not all worlds are alike in the manner of taking in energy. Not all inhabited worlds have an atmospheric ocean suited to respiratory exchange of gases, such as is present on Urantia. During the earlier and the later stages of many planets, beings of our present order could not exist; and when the respiratory factors of a planet are very high or very low, but when all other prerequisites to intelligent life are adequate, the Life Carriers often establish on such worlds a modified form of mortal existence, beings who are competent to effect their life— process exchanges directly by means of light—energy and the firsthand power transmutations of the Master Physical Controllers.
There are six differing types of animal and mortal nutrition: the sub-breathers employ the first type of nutrition, the marine dwellers the second, the mid—breathers, the third, as on Urantia. The superbreathers employ the fourth type of energy intake, while the non-breathers utilize the fifth order of nutrition and energy. The sixth technique of energizing is limited to the midway creatures.
7. The unnamed types. There are numerous additional physical variations in planetary life, but all of these differences are wholly matters of anatomical modification, physiologic differentiation, and electrochemical adjustment. Such distinctions do not concern the intellectual or the spiritual life.
Worlds of the Nonbreathers
The majority of inhabited planets are peopled with the breathing type of intelligent beings. But there are also orders of mortals who are able to live on worlds with little or no air. Of the Orvonton inhabited worlds this type amounts to less than seven percent. In Nebadon this percentage is less than three. In all Satania there are only nine such worlds .
There are so very few of the non-breather type of inhabited worlds in Satania because this more recently organized section of Norlatiadek still abounds in meteoric space bodies; and worlds without a protective friction atmosphere are subject to incessant bombardment by these wanderers. Even some of the comets consist of meteor swarms, but as a rule they are disrupted smaller bodies of matter.
Millions upon millions of meteorites enter the atmosphere of Urantia daily, coming in at the rate of almost two hundred miles a second. On the non-breathing worlds the advanced races must do much to protect themselves from meteor damage by making electrical installations which operate to consume or shunt the meteors. Great danger confronts them when they venture beyond these protected zones. These worlds are also subject to disastrous electrical storms of a nature unknown on Urantia. During such times of tremendous energy fluctuation the inhabitants must take refuge in their special structures of protective insulation.
Life on the worlds of the non-breathers is radically different from what it is on Urantia. The non-breathers do not eat or drink water as do the Urantia races. The reactions of the nervous system, the heat—regulating mechanism, and the metabolism of these specialized peoples are radically different from such functions of Urantia mortals. Almost every act of living, aside from reproduction, differs and even the methods of pro-creation are somewhat different.
On the non-breathing worlds the animal species are radically unlike those found on the atmospheric planets. The non-breathing plan of life varies from the technique of existence on an atmospheric world; even in survival their peoples differ, being candidates for Spirit fusion. Nevertheless, these beings enjoy life and carry forward the activities of the realm with the same relative trials and joys that are experienced by the mortals living on atmospheric worlds. In mind and character the non-breathers do not differ from other mortal types.
We would be more than interested in the planetary conduct of this type of mortal because such a race of beings inhabits a sphere in close proximity to our planet Urantia.
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