Redefining “Human”

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?    Matthew 6:25-27

You’ve likely heard of Tesla, Inc. named after electricity genius, Nikola Tesla.  It’s CEO, and product architect, Elon Musk, says he’s about ready to introduce a new computer; one that can be hooked directly into the human brain.  This was his bombshell answer when asked about a term coined in science fiction, “neural lace.”

This phrase was first cooked up by science fiction writer Iain M. Banks and refers to a way of interfacing computers directly with human thoughts and feelings.

Musk has even tweeted about his belief that people must achieve “symbiosis with machines.”

I’d like to know why.  Really.  First, typing was too much of a chore, so someone invented the mouse.  After that came voice recognition and command.  It’s a neat thing if no other reason than to allow people with disabilities use computers.  The tools have improved.

Neural lace, however, is starting to invade what God created.  It is something that penetrates the mind, the occupant of the machine we call our body.

Heart transplant?  Sure.  Why not?  It’s like replacing the water pump on your car.  It is not changing the very essence of who someone is, whether by DNA editing or affecting the mind.  It also is not sacrificing embryonic people for their stem cells to cure someone more easily recognizable as human.

Even the article, Enter the Matrix, admits we might find ourselves asking what ends up in control, the machine or the person.

Lest that sound too fantastical and Sci-Fi Doomsday-ish of me, let’s go back to my article from January 2016, Giants, Old Testament Slaughter, Greek Gods, Bigfoot, and Technology – Part 3.  Here’s the pertinent excerpt:

I recently saw a video about people having an actual mini-computer surgically implanted into their forearms.  To get around FDA approvals, the procedures are done without anesthetic.  On top of that, there are reports of psychological side effects suffered by recipients as they work to convince themselves it’s OK to feel this thing interacting with and inside of them.  While it is connected to their nervous system, the box sits on the outside.  This is done so you can easily open the box and introduce upgraded software cards.  Am I making this all up?  and

Psychological side effects, eh?

But back to the real question: Why?  What is the purpose?  We want to be smarter and live longer.  That’s about the sum of it.

God gave us this life.  It is a gift, precious and to be treated with respect.  We have an instinct to preserve our lives, our selves!  But that instinct needs to be guided, steered in a productive direction.

People do all sorts of weird things to improve their health and lengthen their lives.  Some things can help.  Others are just a fool’s errand.  These people are settling!  Do you understand that?  They are staring in the display window for a Schwinn bicycle.  With coaster brakes!  Just feet away is the Ferrari dealership that has a model with your name on it.  Literally!

Why settle for “Longer” when “Forever” is available?  Why just pedal when you can pedal to the metal?  God has a Ferrari body for you to spend eternity in.  Something like what you have now, but a decidedly suped-up model.  To continue the analogy, Jesus is putting up a garage for each and every one of us.

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.    John 14:2

Take care of yourself.  Eat well, exercise, get your annual checkup, and get to the doc if something just doesn’t seem right.  Your body is a gift of mind-blowing engineering.  Treat it with the respect and thanks it deserves.  There’s no need to worry how long it’ll last.

Just worry about putting yourself into position to get that Ferrari.

Trust God.  Accept that free gift from Him and Jesus.  Trade in “Longer” for “Forever.”

4 thoughts on “Redefining “Human”

  1. Jeff, here is something to think about. True story. A man needed a heart transplant. He was given one from a man who committed suicide. The man who received the heart fell in love with the donor’s widow and married her. Later he committed suicide also. Here is a possible reasons he did: We have a mind and a heart. We get knowledge with our mind. That knowledge can change our heart. Did the donated heart affect his mind or was it the nagging wife that did him in? We’ll never know. I would like a thermostat implanted in my body. My wife always sets the air condition so low I wear a coat in the house. It makes me feel ridiculous when company comes. Some diabetics have insulin pumps implanted. Some with pain have opioid pumps implanted. The world is trying to make us bionic heroes. By the way, did you get a complementary pass. It is very valuable, so whatever you do don’t lose it. It is the most valuable pass on earth. Its a Passover ticket to heaven.

    • I’ve learned that there are brain-like cells surrounding the heart as if part of our brain itself. That is why most heart surgery patients have some mild emotional issues after their surgery that lasts for life.

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