Humans are integrally part of evolution
because they arise from it
but in reflecting on it they stand apart from it.
Teilhard would agree with Julian Huxley that
“We are nothing if not evolution becoming aware of itself.”
This is true, but the secular mythology of constant progress
is that the axial person moves
from the myth and magic of primitive humanity
to the rationalism of the great past civilizations
to the post-conventional stage of Jungian ‘individuation.’
However, Johann Baptist Metz, a German theologian
noted that the common theme in western culture is
not individuation but individualism
either by materialistic success for oneself
or by non-materialistic self-fulfillment/self-actualization –
the message is always that self-interest
is more important than the good of society.
If the world is a temple, everything is sacred
and has inherent value, which includes you and me.
If the world is a market, everything has market value only –
and spirituality is foolish and a dead end.
The ego, like the market
always has an opportunistic agenda
driven by ideology/fear/or anger
which feeds the False Self
whereas the True Self/the Soul has no agenda
except to help you see reality as it is.
The solution to the polarization of western culture
caused by individualism is contemplation.
True meditation is to be mindful –
to concentrate and look deeply
into the nature and roots of your inner life
and so to find your True Self/Soul
the Love which loves
God/Truth/and the Common Good.