Since the Big Bang, the cosmos has had a linear direction toward amalgamation and association such that matter has been transforming into mind. Mind resides within the relationship between objects. At the subatomic “particle” level, matter itself exists as a relational matrix in which everything alters everything else. On Earth, as amino acids amalgamated into DNA, DNA into cells, and cells into multicellular organisms, mind has become nested and more concentrated—and, over the past six million years, associations between human organisms are similarly undergoing this process of amalgamation into mind. Transactional relationships among ape individuals have been transforming into the relational (and transcendental) reality of our collective mind. And so, informed by almost 14 billion years, I have faith that this direction will persist, not just here on Earth, but elsewhere in the universe. For me, the God of Abraham is a promise that unfolds before us and dwells in the far horizon.

Oh, fierce rear-guard reactions will be with us every step of the way, but, after we are gone, the present leadership of Russia, who were weaned on Soviet tyranny, will be replaced by a generation who will regard all that as a distant nightmare. The planet will warm dangerously, the population will peak precariously, but I have faith (replete with prayers) that, as these events unwind, their existential gravity will progressively concentrate the power of our collective mind in ways we cannot predict, and, we will not only survive, but emerge unknowably more sublime.

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7 Comments on “Rx for gloomy defeatism re climate, Ukraine, population, etc., etc.”

  1. John, you posit a “relational reality of our collective mind.” I think you need to explain what constitutes a relational reality. It also is necessary to explain why you think humans will evolve toward the “sublime.” (That’s the last word of your April 1 entry.) Personally I like Yuval Harrari’s notion (in his book HOMO DEUS) that we humans are on a quest for happiness. The sublime is nice to contemplate, but I’ll settle for happiness!

  2. John, how lovely to find this reflection on Easter Monday (known as Pasquetta where I live, Italy)! You have elegantly expressed the evolution of consciousness and intelligibility within the deep and convergent veins of science and faith. In the spirit of Easter, I too am confident of humanity’s future for just the reasons you expressed!

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