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lacework would form intricate geometric patterns; others would seem random and disconnected. 

Far from inert, this distant pattern of light would change and grow over the decades, its 

shimmering fibers forming, extending, and joining in an almost vegetative fashion. This 

resemblance to life is not mere coincidence; the thin planetary patina of humanity and is creations 

is truly a living entity. It is a ‘superorganism,’ – a community of organisms so fully tied together 

that it is a single living being.beyond and transcending humans.though human centered, it is 

more than just humanity. Now, in what amounts to but an instant of evolutionary time, we have 

left the caves to walk on the moon. What and where will we be after another such instant? (Stock, 

1993: 19, 20, 23)

We are in the process of being born as a universal species. According to this meme, we are “post-birth.” 

In the 60s and 70s we penetrated our biospheric womb and saw ourselves as one planetary body from outer 
space. Since that time we have been struggling to coordinate ourselves as one planetary ecology.

The noosphere, in the words of Teilhard de Chardin is about to get its “collective eyes.” Our planetary 

super organism is integrating into one whole system while we, its cocreators hardly are aware of what we 
have done. Many of us think we are failing, dying. This could be true; we could fail. Any birth can fail. 
However, from the perspective of our birth as a universal species, we see that we are pre-patterned, but not 
pre-determined, to succeed.

From the vantage point of our birth as a universal humanity, we are not dying; rather we are in a dangerous 
but natural condition, just post-birth, not yet awake, yet become aware that if we do not shift our behavior 
from over-populating, polluting and fighting we will self destruct. We can see that we are naturally hitting 

a limit to one form of consciousness and of growth in the womb of Earth. We are naturally running out of 
non-renewable energy. We are naturally beginning to limit our population growth. We are naturally 
struggling to coordinate ourselves at a planetary scale, to manage a planetary ecology, to get food to all 

members of our planetary body, to handle our own waste, to stop the extinction of other species, etc.

These “problems” are no more a mistake than a baby’s growth in the womb at the ninth month is a mistake. 
The very pain caused by these conditions is vital to our birth. Without the pressure of this pain we would 

never wake up to our full potential. Our crises are leading to our evolution. They are signs of the next 
stage of our evolutionary life. They are forcing us toward conscious evolution, or devolution and self- 
destruction. It makes a huge difference as to what memetic code we choose to evaluate our current 

The metaphor of a birth is revealing here.

A baby will die if it stays in the womb when it is time for it to be born. It is outgrowing the womb. 

Space scientist Krafft Ehricke told the story of the fetal scientist in the womb in the seventh month. 
The scientist is predicting that by the eighth month there will be over crowding, by the ninth month 
there will be deadly pollution, and by the tenth month, the organism will be dead. Of course the fetal 
scientist does not know about birth. He has never seen it before.

If a mother did not know about birth, she would think that she is dying. And when she saw the new–born 
she might be horrified! But since she knows about birth, she understands the meaning of the pain, and she 

is hormonally programmed to love the unknown child. Her breasts fill and she experiences unconditional 
love for the infant, naturally. Not because it will grow up to be a lawyer or doctor, but because it IS value, 
it IS life!

However, since we have never seen another planet go through its crises of a “planetary birth,” many people 
do believe we are dying or that we are guilty and a failure as a species. When we see our potential for life, 
we will not fail. But we need a new memetic code to guide us, or as Teilhard de Chardin said, we might 
fall out of love with our species, losing our attraction for our future.

Opening our collective eyes we discover that we already have the capacity to solve every problem and 
realize unimaginable new capacities.

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