Re: Gods

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Feb 02 2002 - 15:20:52 MST

Emlyn O'regan wrote:

> To create is to be fully human. To create life is surely a subset of that.
> For some reason I feel that to equate us with gods, or to strive for
> perceived godhood, is somehow missing the fullness of what it is that we
> are.

We are involved in becoming trans- or post-human. So to claim
that is only becoming fully "human" seems to me to be a bit
lacking. We strive to become effectively immortal, effectively
unlimited (except by the maximum acheivable to even what we may
become) in our ability to grow in knowledge, in wisdom, in
thinking ability and in ability to manipulate reality. Our
ability cannot be artificially limited. It is not at all beyond
the possible that we will create and destroy worlds, solar
systems and so on. It is quite likely that we will be able to
create life out of raw matter and energy. If these abilities
don't qualify as "becoming as gods" then I do not know what is
missing. It is to be fervently hoped that we also develop
wisdom as we attain such powers. In any case, the resulting
being[s] are not adequately described as simply "fully human".

I suggest we put some energy into considering what kind of gods
and goddesses we will be. I think the exercise is critical to
attaining some of the needed wisdom, wisdom needed long before
we transcend the bounds of the merely "human".

- samantha

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