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Brian Tucker

<p>Carol,</p><p>One connection to consider is the link between World War I and the inevitable deepening and continued development of a global consciousness.  So many individuals and families (including my own) were disrupted during the Great War, and I have often wondered about this very same question on that connection we can make with the Universe Story and Veteran’s Day here in the U.S.  Perhaps this time of chaos provided many seeds, some of which blossomed later into new forms of narratives concerning our Cosmic origins.  For me, the writings of the French Jesuit Paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, provide some insight into one man’s integrative vision of the Cosmos (“an all-embracing unity in the Universe”) alongside the traumas he experienced while serving on the front at the age of 34 (see “The Making of a Mind”  and “Writings in Time of War” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin).  </p><p><br />From “The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man” by Amir D. Aczel:</p><p>While on the front, and in an effort to reconcile the atrocities he observed with his belief in a loving God, Teilhard wrote an essay that attempted to put these horrific experiences in perspective.  He titled it “La Vie Cosmique”, and it contained the elements of his developing philosophy and his mysticism.  Here is an excerpt:</p><p>”What follows springs from an exuberance of life and a yearning to live.  It is written to express an impassioned vision of the earth, and in an attempt to find a solution for the doubts that beset my action — because I love the universe, its energies, its secrets, and its hopes, and because at the same time I am dedicated to God, the Origin, the only Issue and the only Term…All around us, in whatever direction we look, there are both links and currents.  Countless forces of determination hold us in their grip, a vast  heritage from the past weights down upon our present, the thousand and one affinities by which we are influenced pull us away from ourselves and drag us towards an end of which we have no knowledge.<br /><br />As Aczel writes:  The essay (La Vie Cosmique) was rich in images, including the multitudes of the universe; grains of sand, and stars in the heavens; God permeating the ether; the good earth, and people’s communion with it; pain and pleasure and hell; the struggle with the angel; and finally, evolution.</p><p>Your question has prompted me to re-visit these pieces of writing as well. Am interested to hear what other connections members of the Deep Time Journey Network might help us make! </p><p>Thanks, </p><p>Brian Tucker<br />New Jersey</p>