Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre - Pensees - Destiny and the consequences of avoidance
Type of Spiritual Experience
Teilhard de Chardin had a unique view on this aspect which is worth quoting because it is not the most obvious one would think of. Most would take the view that the greatest 'danger' from a co-creation point of view is if the person follows their ego and will to pursue entirely selfish aims to the exclusion of anything else. De Chardin however, was of the opinion that 'something' was better than 'nothing', even selfish aims could be put to good use from an evolutionary point of view – even a life based on the pursuit of selfish goals could be used to get feedback on the creation, or as a way of testing certain 'form' based premises 'just how much Tia Maria can a person consume in one evening!'
But for de Chardin, it was the person who could not be bothered to do anything, - provided no useful input at all - that was the biggest problem.
Furthermore, he goes on to say that if we started to think about how it may all end up, we could become so morbid or rebellious about the future that we stop working on the present.
A description of the experience
Pere Teilhard de Chardin - Pensees
Hence we cannot fail to see the drama inherent in the possibility that mankind might suddenly lose all desire to achieve its destiny....
In the face of this terrifying fact, is it not clear that despite the most violent pull from the winding chain of planetary development, the psychic mechanism of evolution would come to a dead stop, its very substance stretched to breaking point and finally disintegrating.
As a result of the brief violent moment of crisis in which mankind became conscious once of its creative power and its critical faculties, humanity has quite legitimately become hard to move; no stimulus at the level of mere instinct or blind economic necessity will suffice for long to goad it into moving onwards. Only a reason, and a valid and important reason, for loving life passionately will cause it to advance further.