Re: At the Cusp

Anders Sandberg (
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 23:41:47 +0100 (MET)

On Sat, 25 Jan 1997, Joy Williams wrote:

>I don't understand why
>technology and those experiences can't be integrated. Spirituality
>doesn't *have* to mean dogmatism, me spirituality is a personal
>experience with the ecstasy of life. I have deep experiences which
>connect me with that ecstatic embrace, I would hate to loose it all to the
>cold, technological world.

I agree with you, but I think we can find the ecstasy of life and spirit
in technology too. I find a mossy stone in a stream to be an expression of
the fantastic creativity of the universe, but also the delightful patterns
of circuit cards or ethernet traffic reflect this.

I look forward to a future where life and technology have blended
together, so that there is no sharp division and no reason to find one or
less spiritual than the other.

>I don't wish to be immortal (because I
>feel that death is a part of the circle of life), but I do wish to have an
>extended life to accomplish and experience as much as possible now.

One cannot become immortal without dying. The price of true immortality
is change and growth, and that will kill you in a more gradual manner as
your new self develops our of the old. What should be abolished is
*unplanned* sudden dying, not death when desirable.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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