That certain evolutionary processes are teleological in nature, meaning they are driven by an intrinsic purpose, brings up to the concept of latency. The characteristic of latent potential is common to all organic bodies – plants, the human body, and humanity included. Latent truths or characteristics come to fruition (quite literally in the case of a tree) or are manifest visibly over time. This does not mean, however, that they previously didn’t exist – they were simply in latent form. Some latent potentials are manifest through physical processes that are independent of humans, such as the formation of planets. Others only come about through human agency. Let us look at individual and collective evolution as it manifests latent potential.
On the individual level, the soul is a latent capacity that is manifest or expressed through the human mind. Prior to the physical development of an individual human, the soul was not manifest, but latent, and its powers become manifest when the human being assumes its physical form – particularly the brain. And the soul itself has latent capacities – reason and understanding, justice, attraction to beauty and truth, nobility, desire to search for meaning and purpose – and these spiritual potentialities become manifest only through human agency and will, through conscious effort, through an individual’s life and behavior.
On a collective level, world civilization is the latent fruit of humanity’s collective social evolution, which comes about through human agency. It is a social reality we construct. In the same way that biological evolution provided for the expression of the soul, social evolution is providing for the expression of a divine civilization – the soul of the body of humankind. As oneness is the operating principle of our collective life, its manifestation is also latent relative to human agency. Over time, we progressively express higher and higher degrees of oneness. This doesn’t mean that humanity was not always one. Rather, the expression of oneness becomes more maturely translated into social reality over time.
Oneness of humankind, thus, is an ontological truth, a teleological truth, and a latent truth – latent relative to human agency.