“THE TEILHARD WAR”

All things converge.

Definition/Summary:

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  • Idealist, Priest, Philosopher, Paleontologist
  • Served in Word War I
  • During the war he developed his reflections in his diaries and in letters to his cousin, Marguerite Teillard-Chambon, who later published a collection of them
  • His post WWI confession “The war was a meeting with the absolute”
  • Teilhard’s writings were victims of censorship by The Catholic Church because of his misunderstood views on Original sin

Expanded info:

  • He traveled the world to help prove evolution & spoke about the Origin/Destiny of man
  • He wrote The Omega Point: which states the universe is evolving to a higher state of Sentience a “Global consciousness”
  • There are claims of his visions helpimg people find meaning in the cosmos
  • Teilhard de Chardin sought ways to bridge spiritual truth in a secular universe
  • From the ’20s to the ’50s, Teilhard de Chardin drafted a series of poetic works about evolution that reemerged as a foundation for new evolutionary theories
  • Teilhard and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Vernadsky inspired the renegade Gaia hypothesis (later set forth by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis): the global ecosystem is a superorganism with a whole much greater than the sum of its parts
  • Teilhard imagined and predicted a stage of evolution characterized by a complex membrane of information enveloping the globe and fueled by human consciousness, which is now interpreted as being the global web aka the internet
  • He believed this vast thinking membrane would ultimately coalesce into “the living unity of a single tissue” containing our collective thoughts and experiences
  • In his his book The Phenomenon of Man, Teilhard wrote, “Is this not like some great body which is being born – with its limbs, its nervous system, its perceptive organs, its memory – the body in fact of that great living Thing which had to come to fulfill the ambitions aroused in the reflective being by the newly acquired consciousness?”
  • “The point of all evolution up to this stage is the creation of a collective organism of Mind”
  • His philosophy of evolution was attributed to his life as both a Jesuit father ordained in 1911 and a paleontologist whose career began in the early 1920s

Add/Misc:

  • Quote: “Future the greatest event will be the sudden appearance of a collective humane conscience & a human work to make.”