Yes, we keep chasing the ideal love, the utopian society, the actualized self — and other perfect thoughts from the human qualiascape. Such ideas have evolved with the human race, and they never lose their attraction; it is open to debate whether they existed before our ancestors began to notice their inner qualia. Certain it is, however, that there existed complex qualia in the universe long before the human animal came into being.
All animals, even one-celled animals, sense and move toward qualia such as light, temperature, flow (wind and water), not to mention texture, color, smell and vibration. These are hardly simple forces, and they existed before humans began to think about them. On the other hand, one wonders whether or not some of the complex qualia which humans have thought up existed before we began to ritual with them.
There is God, of course, about whom it has famously been said, if He didn’t exist already someone would have invented Him. Real or not, God is worth ritualing with. But people have invented other ideas, ideas of which nature has not provided us examples; and the question is whether we ought not to be consciously ritualing with them. By playing with qualiadelic abstractions, will nature finally reveal them to us? Or, alternatively, will they manifest themselves in nature because we are ritualing with them?
My opinion is that these questions, and the possibilities they suggest, ought to have us pouring over math texts and learning about non-euclidean geometry, and physics texts, too, trying to imagine quantum entanglement and curved space. The thing is, we do not need to be able to do the math — no fish ever needed to study fluid mechanics and no whale ever pulled an all-nighter for an exam on deep water acoustics.
We merely need to develop some imaginative sense for these ideas. We can get all we need by watching videos on YouTube. There ought to be software developers making games to get us playing with projective geometry and optics. Should we develop even the slightest sense for such complex qualia it will begin to appear in the real world, and then we can really evolve. If we want to change things, this will get us a lot farther than electric cars and recycling…
Check out this video of a Klein bottle. I think the Klein bottle makes a nice analogy for the way we look inward to discover and create complex qualia which is then manifested outward in the “real” world — by ritualing with the landscape, both we and the landscape evolve… The Adventures of the Klein Bottle