Terence McKenna - The Future Of The Human Race
The emergence of organic life from what preceded it is as dramatic a miracle as anyone could imagine. The emergence of language from mute bestiality, which is only 100,000 years in the past, is as dramatic a miracle as anyone could imagine. The emergence of a planet instantaneously unified by electricity and media is - and this is only 50, 60 years in our past, it's still going on - is as dramatic a miracle as anyone could imagine.
It's absolutely irrational to not be filled with the fire of consuming hope. You just have to overcome the leveling that we inherit from these empty, existential scientific ideas. And when we do that and lift our eyes to the real, living spiritually empowered reality that exists in nature, in society, in our lover, in ourselves, then you see that the peacock's tail, the cauda pavonis, is a transcendental object at the end of time. An enormous.. uhh.. unspeakable something.. that beckons across the historical landscape, that casts an enormous shadow that reaches clear back to the earliest moments of the universe.
That we have always been in the grip of that iridescent, strange attractor. It has propelled our poetry, our art. Our best moments have always been when the tiny spark of that alchemical completion burned for a moment in our mind, in our life, in our perception. And we occupy a special position in regard to this. Millions.. thousands of generations of human beings, have come and gone and could only glimpse this in the ecstasy of eroticism and psychedelic empowerment and ritual magic.
But we are..... the last people. Beyond us lies the mystery, if we have but the courage to move forward into that abyss. To believe that nature will reward the dreamer. It cannot wander much longer. All of the preconditions have been met and the peacock's tail grows daily, whiter, and more radiant and more brilliant, as we sense now, breaking into our dreams, breaking into our waking lives, the presence of this attractor. It has always given people meaning but we are the privileged inheritors of that meaning. And we have then, the privilege of putting it all together in one piece and standing ready at the end of history, to go into the mystery and be completed.