Humankind: Can We Hear the “Hymn of the Universe?”



Introduction: I do not presume to describe for you the “Hymn of the Universe” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin {1881-1955}. A French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist (pictured).

Visitor: Why should I care about a hymn or a dead French philosopher?

JLM’S Garden: “These are great questions and the answer below may surprise you!”


Words: Hymn is a chant or mantra. The universe is creation or life. Humankind is a word meaning human race or civilization.

When I look out at Mother Earth I hear no hymn, only the noise that is chaos and insurrection.

Yet, when I look into the Cosmos I sense the energy that is the potential of humankind.

 In today’s technological world we can absorb—in most languages—the intention of the writings in the “Hymn of the Universe” or any other treatise we choose to wonder about. Well, except for our sisters and brothers denied admittance to evolution that only consciousness can bring.

Answer:  In his writings on “Planetary Mind and Our Spiritual Evolution” our same French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin says this: “The coming stage of evolution won’t be driven by physical adaptation but by human consciousness, creativity, and spirit.  



Deep on the inside of life is a place I go to from time-to-time. It’s a place where I leave behind, and in due course find, MYSELF. I enter this place whenever I’m uncertain about my future, that of our country and our world: Like Now! We are inundated with media of every variety and op-ed opinions that tell us what we should think. This irks me, but what angers me and forces me deep underground, experts who tell me how to believe. My life experience educated me that most of earth’s inhabitants lean toward the median of life; yet are oftentimes forced to the outer limits by fear and its persuasions.

I see my brothers and sisters (my family and yours) suffer the consequences of “I’m right, you’re wrong” mentality. I’ve come to the point that I only believe what is happening all around me, for it is there that I find the authentic life of humanity. Hatred spews, in all its forms: greed; political affairs; on the breadlines; religions; despots that try to rule the human soul; moneyed;  prejudice; unrest; youth seeking a new life; corruption; our planet… I can’t go on! I sense myself falling back into the abyss.

For all who suffer as our world readjusts, I offer only a word: HOPE. The English Thesaurus defines HOPE as: trust, anticipate, optimism, faith, desire, expectation, plan, wish. Feel these descriptors as the intention of the word HOPE. It is always within this intention that I ultimately come back to MYSELF. So, like standing in front of a mirror, I have an opportunity each moment to reflect HOPE back onto the world we all share…Janet