A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HOMOTECHNOLOGIA

Been reading a lot of papers and stuff lately on the whole 'transhumanism' thing, which is the new buzzword but I like the homotechnologia term because it's latin which makes me sound sophisticated and it uses the word homo in it which freaks out people thinking I'm committing a hate crime because I use the latin word for 'man'.

Where do you draw the line?

Lots of the papers and things are talking about changing the DNA of humans, of genetic modifications, of combining humans and robotics; creating super soldiers or people who live to be 500 and so on.

But I am confused, as usual.  Is a wooden peg leg okay, but a robotic leg that will allow soldiers who got their legs blown off in Iraq to walk normally bad?  Or composite ceramics okay as long as it doesn't do any movements on it's own?  Or movements are not controlled by the brain?

Was Steve Austin, the six million dollar man, really evil and a demonic entity?

Or take insulin, that modification drug that keeps millions of diabetics alive every day - is that messing with God?  Or the drug hemophiliacs take to allow their blood to clot so when they get a paper cut they don't bleed to death.  Is that an improvement we approve of or is that 'playing God' and we should just let them die.

Therein lies the rub, we play God to keep diabetics and hemophiliacs alive by using drugs to change what is 'missing or wrong' with their DNA and give them a longer life than they otherwise would have and I don't think too many pastors in the pulpit would argue this was wrong - okay, maybe a few.

So when we look forward and see gene manipulation coming to prevent or kill cancers, to prevent or cure alzheimer's, to provide robotic arms and legs to people who lost their limbs - this is bad?

Where do we draw the line?

I've mentioned one of my favorite books is This Perfect Day and towards the end of the book, spoiler alert, the protagonist discovers that Lei, one of the worlds 'founding fathers' per se, is still alive, that his head is routinely transplanted on the body of a younger person so he can continue to live and exist.  Now in the story, the body is volunteered, but let's not kid ourselves that such volunteerism will not be required if this technology is found to work outside of works of fiction.

I wonder how many young Apple employees would have donated their body to Steve Jobs?  Heck, these Google leaders are totally obsessed with immortality.

The problem in all this is the scientists who are moving this gene technology forward have no ethics or morality, just the drive to patent, publish, and become wealthy.

But where do we draw the line?

Do we allow the regrowing of all the organs and the transplants so your liver, kidneys, heart, etc - when they get older and start failing are just replaced like spark plugs?  Is that what we want?  Ask yourself again when your liver, kidneys, heart or other organ are failing.

And what will the world look like?  Do you really think these technologies will be available to everyone?  That the landscaper working on Bill Gate's pond will be able to get this same technology as Bill Gates receives?  So basically, we will further develop some sort of quasi Borg elite class that lives forever while the rest of society lives normal lives as slaves to the elite.  And God forbid you, as a slave to these elite, have a blood type, DNA, organ or something some elite person needs to survive.

You don't own you body, don't you know.  Yea, I know, it's a woman's body and her choice but the reality is that is a fallacy legally in our society.  When you go to the hospital, they will take samples of your blood, DNA, samples of organs, skin, etc and you do not own them.  If you walk in to a hospital, let's say bit by a rattlesnake and they discover you have this strain of genes that can negate the poison from a rattlesnake, they will draw your blood many times over, 'for testing' and isolate that gene and market and develop it and make billions of dollars from your gene and you will see absolutely nothing. And if you sue, you will lose in court.  Over and over courts have ruled against the individual in these cases.

My fear is that there is no line to draw.  How do I know the difference between good health and crossing that line where Revelation says 'men will try to die and not be able to'.  Science will bring us longer lives, but may bring us Hell and I don't know where to draw the line.

Creator made the serpent wise
Evil in his tempting eyes
Man is wonderful, very wonderful, look at him
Beware the future

Here is my world and it's waiting for me
Paradise before my eyes
I am alive in a new born world
This heaven will always be mine
I'm waking up, the day of man has come
I'm waking up, the day of man has come

Dark nights, the planets are set
Creator prepares for the dawn of man
You're waking up, the day of incarnation
Said your waking up to life

Here I stand a child in a lonely world
See the serpent tempting me to evil
The guiding hand will help me on


Genesis

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