There are ramifications to technological advances that change the human condition

What was going through the person’s mind that first saw an egg drop out of a hen’s butt and decide to eat it? Likewise, who was the first person that decided to drink the liquid that came out of a cow’s utter?

Equally intriguing is how they were able to convince others to eat and drink things that appeared to come out of an animal’s genitalia.  That’s some good Marketing.  That or they were visionaries who looked for solutions and did not blindly follow ideology or conventional wisdom.

I can make the case they were in tune with the order of nature and realized things most of us would view differently. Visionaries live among us today but they are definitely not politicians or any of our leaders.  We call them futurists.

Futurists talk about things like the driverless car, artificial intelligence, how technology will replace 50 percent of the jobs in the future, and genetic engineering.  If you want a sample of the future advances check out this site.  Each of these issues will have major ramifications to business and society but rather than address these issues our leaders are posturing for votes.

In listening and reading about the coming revolution of change I am struck by the one thing futurists do not talk about – God.  Of course, what should we expect from a society where the only god we talk about apparently only wants a homogenous people and to rid the world of all other religions?

And therein lies the rub.   As technological advances change our way of life the one thing we, as a people, need to be cognizant of is we are not God.  No one is and regardless of how hard the secular world tries to divorce God from itself, the fact remains we have a spiritual life.  There are moral ramifications in addition to the business and social ramifications of technological advances.

Genetic engineering is the most obvious example but most technological advances that change the human condition comes with moral questions.  To ignore those questions will only create more problems.

Do I believe there was a man named Adam and woman named Eve that started the reality of our existence? It’s a matter of faith that typically supersedes what we know to be logic.  I do know, logically, that any time a mortal person tries to rise above the realm of existence, bad things happen.  A brief review of history shows every time one person tried to rise above everyone else in godlike fashion it didn’t end well for him or her.

What if the Adam and Eve story is an omen?  As the story goes the two humans wanted to be like God by eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. They wanted to rise above their existence and thought they knew better than nature.  How is that any different than humans trying to clone, creating artificial intelligence, trying to reverse the aging process, or considering implanting technology into the body?

If the story is accurate, it did not end too well for Adam and Eve either.  What makes us think it will end any better for us?

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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