After Wisdom: Speculating on the Future of Humanity

Carl McColman | 4/24/2019 | Staff
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What is the future of humanity? Will we ever evolve beyond our current identity of homo sapiens?

After all, our ancestors weren’t always homo sapiens. Go back far enough and we find homo neanderthalensis or homo erectus in our past. We’ve evolved before, so doesn’t make sense to assume that we shall evolve again?

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In other words, when we consider the challenges that the human species faces today: systemic systems of racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice; rapid consumption of the earth’s resources; the loss of biodiversity as more and more species are endangered or are becoming extinct – perhaps we human beings need to evolve, to achieve our next step of evolution, in order to reach that higher level of consciousness that will enable us not only to solve our current problems but also to address the issues that will arise in the future.

This theme came up in an interview that Encountering Silence recorded earlier this week with Sister Kathleen Deignan, former president of the International Thomas Merton Society and the editor of books like When the Trees Say Nothing: Thomas Merton’s Writings on Nature and Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours.

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In addition to being a Merton scholar, Sister Kathleen is also an authority on the life and teaching of Thomas Berry, a priest known as an eco-theologian and the author of The Dream of the Earth. In our conversation (which will be released on an upcoming episode of the podcast), Sr. Kathleen repeatedly suggested that humanity will need to evolve to an entirely new species in order to address the current and future challenges that we, as a species, face.

It’s a visionary statement to make, and it gives me a sense of hope. But it also raised an obvious question: what, pray tell, does the future of humanity look...
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