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The Caretakers of the Cosmos

Living Responsibly in an Unfinished World
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Publisher: 
Floris
 | 
November, 2013
ISBN:
9781782500025
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Why are we here? Human beings have asked themselves this question for centuries. Modern science largely argues that human beings are chance products of a purposeless universe, but other traditions believe humanity has an essential role and responsibility in creation.

Noted modern esoteric scholar Gary Lachman (also author of Jung the Mystic and The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus: From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World) brings together many strands of esoteric, spiritual, and philosophical thought to form a counter-argument to the nihilism that permeates the twenty-first century. Offering a radical alternative to postmodern apathy, he argues that we humans are indeed the “caretakers” of the universe, entrusted with a daunting task— healing and repairing creation itself.

I believe that nature, the world, the cosmos, separated us off from itself in order for it to become conscious of itself through us. It is in this way, through our own increasing consciousness, that the work of creation is completed, or at least carried on. Drawing on the world of different ‘participatory’ thinkers, it is my belief that our evolutionary task now is to regain an experience of participation and all that it entails, without losing our independence as conscious egos, capable of free will and creative action, something our ancestors, more at one with the cosmos, lacked. Our task, then, is to become more conscious, not less, which means facing the sense of separation from the world firmly, and getting through it…

We must press forward into what the poet Walt Whitman called ‘unknown region’. It is here that our caretaking adopts a more adventurous character, and in the last section of the book I will explore what this might entail. Here we are no longer taking care of a cosmos already made nor repairing the cracks and fissures left by an inadequate craftsman, but are bringing new worlds into being.

This is an important book from a key thinker of our time, addressing some of the most urgent questions facing humanity.

Publisher’s Description: 

Why are we here? Human beings have asked themselves this question for centuries. Modern science largely argues that human beings are chance products of a purposeless universe, but other traditions believe humanity has an essential role and responsibility in creation.

Lachman brings together many strands of esoteric, spiritual, and philosophical thought to form a counter-argument to the nihilism that permeates the twenty-first century. Offering a radical alternative to postmodern apathy, he argues that we humans are indeed the “caretakers” of the universe, entrusted with a daunting task— healing and repairing creation itself.

This is an important book from a key thinker of our time, addressing some of the most urgent questions facing humanity.

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