We humans have packed more change into the last 10,000 years than the billion years* that preceded it. If we view history as an outgrowth of nature, a product of nature, then nature is saying to us that this human experiment is important enough to jeopardize the stability of the biosphere in order to give it a chance. Nature is saying she is willing to place the entire planet’s ecology in danger for 10,000 years in order to test the potential of language-using, technological intelligence to carry all of life to the next level. It’s a terrifying enterprise. Let’s hope her trust is not misplaced.
_____________________________— Terrence McKenna (slightly paraphrased by JJM)
* I think he exaggerates here. A billion years ago there was
no photosynthesis and only one-celled life. If he had said half a billion years, I could agree.