“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”
–G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
English author & mystery novelist (1874 – 1936)
Worship of the Future (ala H.G. Wells, Star Trek and Star Wars, Ray Kurzweil, Google R&D etc.) has long been a more or less unconscious American concession that things are not alright with us. Sherry Turkle and Roger Scruton, among others, tell why change for change’s sake and futurism also make for grave human loss, especially when based on incessant precarious technology on route to Technocracy.
To forfeit organic development in continuity with the past is something of a spiritual crime, showing a society being engineered under the guise of inevitablism.
When we worship the Future it reflects a present emptiness, they convincingly suggest. See Scruton’s books (Amazon) and his many videos on YouTube. Sherry Turkle’s book, Alone Together, is a warning to the present about the dehumanizing threats of hyper-technology and our dependence on it (also available at Amazon.Com)
Ray Kurzweil, who says he is is striving for immortality, also says : “We are going to put these technologies inside us, blood-cell-size devices that will augment our immune system, make us a lot healthier, destroy disease and dramatically push back human longevity, go inside our brains and actually enable us to remember things better, solve problems more effectively. We are going to become a hybrid of machine and our biological heritage. In my mind, we are not going to be transcending our humanity. We are going to be transcending our biology.”
Note: But again, we are almost always presented with only the [supposed] positive side of “human enhancement” by its zealous advocates; and the shadow side is largely hidden from the public. And again it was the very complicated Aldous Huxley who drew our attention to that shadow side (whatever his motives) as far back as the 1930’s in Brave New World and then again in his essay-reflections on the trajectory of technological developments nearly 30 years later in Brave New World Revisited.
When it comes to technology the Atomic Bomb is, to say the least, instructive. Who can put that genie of doom back in the bottle and keep it there? The hubris of egoistic man needs to be watched, held constantly in check, and not allowed to do evil that supposed goods may come of it, lest in their hallucinations these technocratic wizards take all of humanity over over the precipice and into the abyss with them.
As for “The Singularity” (so-called, an obsessive eater reaches his singularity when he explodes, eats himself to death. It is the same with The Singularity. That its proponents always frame it as some king of inevitable good is naive in the extreme.
The ‘scientific’ dictatorship which Huxley warned of is perhaps the greatest threat to human freedom today, precisely because it is more occult imaginings than actual science, and is largely, on account of that, bereft of wisdom…See the video and transcript
From the vantage point of living long after the French Revolution we are now able to see clearly where spiritually unaided ‘reason’ has taken us, straight to a culture of death, and madness in significant parts of high academia; not to a world beyond war, but to a world where a state of apparent or possible permanent war is called ‘peace,’ and where murderous practices (abortion is but one) are put forth as solutions to the consequences of our own moral transgressions. ‘Reason’ like ‘science’ is an epistemologically loaded conception which must be deconstructed in our time by tracing its philosophical pedigree to the roots.
It is shocking how many people there are todaywho reflexively think they are socially ‘progressive,’ and in some sense artistically ‘avant garde,’ and do not realize at all that they are in fact the result of abject herd conditioning.
—>The Eloquence of Hubris is Seen In Its Own Blind Death-Wish, or “The Singularity”.
What I mean is that “whatsoever a man sows, that also shall he reap” (Gal 6:7). Freedom is a perilous gift. And to abuse it is to spit into the face of God. We boast of our technology, we may very well die of our technology. Because sin literally means “misses the mark” of being, and very often God leaves the pertinaciously impenitent to their own mad freedom and gives us up to the consequencesof our own free decisions, which we forged like Marley’s chains, link by sorry link.
Technology, when made our only boast, abused and made the instrument of oppression and cruel belligerence, may very well bury us. We could blow ourselves to smithereens, die by the hand of madmen. O Yes, God may very well allow it as the penultimate stop on route to Hell or Heaven. What might that look like? It could look like this… So we had better take heed, lest God surprise the proud and haughty who play with the souls of simple, ordinary, good people. Because after that awful fiery blast (or series of blasts) there will be yet one more lasting Stop.