Thursday, April 3, 2014

Man, the limiting factor

Remove this video’s soaring music, entrancing visuals, and celebratory enthusiasm. What are you left with? Technocratic fascism. Idolatry of the self. Man the creator, not the created.

As technology delivers diminishing returns on making life less troublesome, it’s inevitable for it to absorb into the will to power, to become the tool by which human will is realized in new and radical ways.

We redefine and extend what it means to be human. Edward O. Wilson says, “We have actually decommissioned natural selection [and now] we must look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” We are now the chief agents of evolution.

The Wilson quote, particularly “what we wish to become,” is intentionally vague. It’s in the eye of the beholder what he wishes to become. Naturally I would wish for more of what I want and less of what I don’t.

That doesn’t fix the problem with the will itself, though. People have been content with far less than what we have now. Placing such importance on getting what you want guarantees spiritual rot.

Bringing natural processes into line with our will presumes we can improve on God’s design. What improvement does transhumanist Jason Silva think we can produce by bringing our dark, clouded souls out of our bodies into the physical world? I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be absolutely corrupted by such absolute power, to paraphrase Lord Acton.

The success of Silva’s techno-utopia can be measured by looking at the smorgasbord of sin current technologies, like the Internet, serve.

In the march of progress, technology is not the limiting factor. Human nature is. There is nothing of man but the image of God, obscured by sin, that can claim superiority to everything outside us. No matter the technology, we will be the same as we are and as we have always been.

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