Teilhard de Chardin
1881 - 1955
By Anodea Judith*
Evolving with Nature—Nature is Sacred
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist,
biologist, and philosopher, who spent the bulk of his life trying to
integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically
Christian theology with theories of evolution. In this endeavor he
became absolutely enthralled with the possibilities for humankind, which
he saw as heading for an exciting convergence of systems, an "Omega
point" where the coalescence of consciousness will lead us to a new
state of peace and planetary unity. Long before ecology was fashionable
he saw this unity as being based intrinsically upon the spirit of the
"The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not
perish, is to build the Earth" [in a seamless harmony with Nature].
Teilhard de Chardin passed away a full ten years before James Lovelock
ever proposed the "Gaia Hypothesis" which suggests that the Earth is
actually a living being, a colossal biological super-system. Yet
Chardin's writings clearly reflect the sense of the Earth as having its
own autonomous personality, and being the prime center and director of
our future -- a strange attractor, if you will -- that will be the
guiding force for the synthesis of humankind.
"The phrase 'Sense of the Earth' should be understood to mean the
passionate concern for our common destiny which draws the thinking
part of life ever further onward [Our task on this Planet]. The
only truly natural and real human unity is the spirit of the Earth. . .
.The sense of Earth is the irresistible pressure which will come at the
right moment to unite them (humankind) in a common passion.
Our Creator Designed the
Planet Not for War, But for the Evolution
of Life Itself with the Consciousness of the Planet
"We have reached a crossroads in human evolution where the only road
which leads forward is towards a common passion. . . To continue to
place our hopes in a social order achieved by external violence [war]
would simply amount to our giving up all hope of carrying the Spirit of
the Earth to its limits."
To this end, he suggested that the Earth in its evolutionary unfolding
was growing a new organ of consciousness called the noosphere.
The noosphere is analogous on a planetary level to the evolution of the
cerebral cortex in humans. The noosphere is a "planetary thinking
network" -- an interlinked system of consciousness and information—a
global net of self-awareness, instantaneous feedback, and planetary
communication. At the time of his writing, [on the media side],
computers of any merit were the size of a city block, and the Internet
was, if anything, an element of speculative science fiction. Yet this
evolution [allowing for
Truth vs Lies and Deception in our post 911 reality] is indeed
coming to pass, and with a rapidity, that in Gaia time, is but a mere
passage of seconds. In these precious moments, the planet is developing
her cerebral cortex, and emerging into self-conscious awakening. We are
indeed approaching the Omega point that Teilhard de Chardin was so
Coming Together [Our Human
Holistic Thought of our Hearts
however, though it was predicted to occur through a global information
network, was not a convergence of merely minds or bodies -- but of
heart, a point that he made most fervently.
"It is not our heads or our bodies which we must bring together, but our
hearts. . . . Humanity. . . is building its composite brain beneath our
eyes. [May it be that tomorrow], through the logical and biological
deepening of the movement drawing it together, it will find its
heart, without which the ultimate wholeness of its power of
unification can never be achieved."
In his productive lifetime, Teilhard de Chardin wrote many books, which
include the following:
LET ME EXPLAIN
THE APPEARANCE OF MAN
THE DIVINE MILIEU
THE FUTURE OF MAN
HOW I BELIEVE
HYMN OF THE UNIVERSE
LETTERS FROM A TRAVELLER
LETTERS TO LEONTINE ZANTA
THE MAKING OF A MIND
MAN'S PLACE IN NATURE
THE PHENOMENON OF MAN
SCIENCE AND CHRIST
THE VISION OF THE PAST
WRITINGS IN TIME OF WAR
BUILDING THE EARTH
Most of these quotes were taken from Building the Earth,
and The Phenomenon of Man, but as I no longer have a copy,
but only old notes, I can't quote exact page numbers.
by Anodea Judith, Dec. 96.
* Website edit for
clarity with subtitles and text in square brackets.