Friday, October 2, 2015

The Human Desire To Be God

To wield power over nature and its violence, to heal ourselves and others, create wealth and beauty, defeat death, and bring peace to the world, would be wonderful powers, would they not? To be God is a desire as old as humankind. But is there room for more than one? 

Ray Kurzweil, a renowned and influential futurist now working for Google, says that by the year 2030, we will consent to have robot implants in our brains that will make us godlike: "Evolution creates structures and patterns that over time are... more knowledgeable, more intelligent, more creative, more capable of expressing higher sentiments like being loving," he said. "So it's moving in the direction that God has been described as having -- these qualities without limit.... Evolution is a spiritual process and makes us more godlike," was Kurzweil's conclusion. 

Is there room and opportunity for the entire population of the world to be individual gods? Isn't that the root of all our problems? If I think I'm god and I don't like you, or am jealous of your possessions, don't I have a right to eliminate you and take what you have? From the first day humanity organized itself in settled communities, the struggle for power was on, and certain families elevated themselves to rulership over all the others. They recruited armies and imposed their will on those who were kinder and less ruthless. Thus we had kings, queens, and Pharaohs. They declared themselves gods over all ordinary people, regardless of talent, who were relegated to the lower classes or outright slavery. There has never been enough property or good things in life to satisfy everyone; and some people want it all, anyway, regardless of supply. 

This is a kind of hell, where the real God and Creator of All Things is ignored and supplanted by mortal beings. The whole course of history has pretty much been centered on these power struggles. It's important that you see this film from 2014: Exodus; Gods & Kings

The real story of Moses and Pharaoh Ramses of Egypt, which took place around 1450 B.C. (according to the most recent archaeological evidence) lays it out for all to see. Human nature has not changed since then; only our technology has changed to make us appear godlike. Ancient problems and conflicts are exactly the same as modern ones, except now we have nuclear weapons:

Our delusion and desire to be like God was the original conflict in Genesis, and the Garden of Eden. See it now and find insight: