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says "fuck yourself." I couldn't help it =)
Hopefully, by this point, my readers know that I am about as far from a bible thumping fundamentalist as Ellen DeGeneres is from having sex with Russell Crowe, or any dude for that matter. I am, however, Catholic, and I take the Catholic faith fairly seriously, at least the non-hypocritical parts. So when the current pope, Benedict XVI, says something, I tend to take heed. I don’t listen just because he’s il papa, but because he’s an intellectual.
At Palm Sunday mass at the
today, he warned listeners that “man will pay a price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.” I’m sure that hard-core, science worshipping, pedantic atheists everywhere just shat themselves as they guffawed at such a statement, but I think the pope may be right. Vatican
I’m not a technophobe. Some of my friends make fun of me for not having a facebook page, and they accuse me of being behind the times, or afraid of technology. I know they mean it in jest, I mean my computer’s primary purpose is not to grace the internet with my literary and intellectual prowess, but to play computer games at a fairly high level of graphical quality. I’ve got a PS3, an X-Box 360, a fairly baller PC, and a nice 42 inch flat panel LCD television. I think that qualifies me as embracing technology fairly well.
They look pretty happy considering they could have a
cloud of mustard gas floating their way.
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facerape the entire planet . . ."
We discovered that we could harness the power of the atom, and with that power that we could actually bring about the destruction of life on this planet as we know it. “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds,” said Oppenheimer when he realized the magnitude of what he had achieved.
As the pope said, technology has ushered in entirely new levels of evil into the world. Atomic warfare, chemical and biological warfare, and other weapons of mass destruction; all things that have changed the world forever. For these scientists, such advancements might not be a quest to create god-like powers. They are scientists, curious, and dedicated to understanding the mysteries of this existence. I would argue that these advancements are not the products of the sin of pride, but perhaps the ridiculously unfortunate consequences of dangerous curiosity.
In the Lord of the Rings (I know, I’m a hard core nerd), when they reach the mines of Moria, the narrative takes some time to allude to the fact that the greed of the dwarves was their undoing; that their lust for mithril had driven them to dig deeper and deeper into the earth. Gandalf suggests that they dug too far, and because of that they unleashed something that should have remained buried, which we eventually discover is the Balrog.
That’s an allegory for the greed and curiosity of man. We can’t help but push ourselves to the absolute limit. We want the capability to manipulate existence as much as possible. We want to shape the destiny of the universe. So perhaps it is hubris. I’m guessing that hubris mixed with insatiable curiosity might not be such a good thing, but I guess we won’t find that out until we blow ourselves the hell up.
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