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.