Sturgill Simpson, Teilhard de Chardin and the Omega Point



Sturgill Simpson singing about the Omega Point

Sturgill Simpson singing about the Omega Point

I am not a huge country music fan but I found an article in yesterday’s Washington Post on Sturgill Simpson.  I had never heard of any of Mr. Simpson’s music but I was intrigued by his interview in which he cites Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point as inspiration for his music. I especially enjoyed the following quote which blends strong idealism with a dose of healthy skepticism that I find charming:

“The overall theme is probably love, to be cheesy about it,” Simpson says. “You spend all this time reading or thinking or praying or searching or exploring. Maybe there’s an Omega Point of love.”

(Unlike just about every other country singer living on the physical plane, his music cites Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s theory that our universe is evolving toward a supreme, unified consciousness — an Omega Point.)

“And if not, screw it,” Simpson says, rattling a dozen milky ice cubes around in his glass. “Just be nice to people.”


Postscript: I am flattered that Mr. Simpson retweeted a link to this post!  As a result of that and the original article I bought his album “High Top Mountain” and am looking forward to the release of his new album “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” next month.  I am also hoping to view him on his upcoming tour through the Midwest 🙂

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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7 Responses to Sturgill Simpson, Teilhard de Chardin and the Omega Point

  1. Lynda says:

    I find this fascinating and evidence that we can’t judge a book by its cover!

  2. MArnold says:

    I have worked several shows with Sturgill over the last two years and he is one interresting and talented person. Like myself, a son of Appalachia, he shows that stereotypes are sometimes just that. Stereotypes. And I do look forward to his new recording

    • Thank you so much for the response. Mr. Simpson seems like a fascinating person with a lot of depth. As I mentioned in the postscript to the post I purchased his album “High Top Mountain” and am very much looking forward to his new recording. I love the album cover!

  3. Interesting article. I’d never heard about Sturgill Simpson until your post. Will check out his music.

  4. terrishcj says:

    Your posts are always interesting and mind-expanding. This one opened a new window for me. Thanks, as always, for enriching my appreciation of Teilhard’s influence and depth.

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