[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
When an Earthian by some fluke (some coming together from a series of fortuitous events) makes the jump from being a pseudo-human into the actual human race, life completely changes. It becomes a totally different concept; it becomes amazing. A slave sees things from a certain perspective: painful, narrow, limited and basically hopeless. A master sees things quite differently. There’s an open vista of infinite possibilities that flow, swirl, dance; beguiling, alluring, attracting, calling to explore the limitless possibilities of the cosmos.
To the master, the cosmos is not this material world or the universe or even the multiverse. It’s more and beyond anything so crass, material, limited and limiting. Any reasoning based on strictly physical awareness brings one to some end; a wall. To an actual human, does the physical body stand in the way of new and expanded awareness? Then the body is abandoned, temporarily or permanently – it’s really not that important. A body is a sensor, nothing more. It allows the occupant to taste only one particular reality: the physical world. It’s not designed for anything more. You don’t take your car to bed with you; you don’t make love to it (even if you wanted to). The material has its limits.
To the slave, the body is all there is, and it is a death trap. Its “awareness” is limited to the functions within a physical brain, a physical set of switches that operate a material body. That central processing unit doesn’t sense anything that isn’t material. It has no affinity for abstractions. It cannot think or reason, only compute. Pseudo humans, a description that fits the vast majority of Earthians are no more than computers installed inside robotic bodies. Their thinking isn’t theirs, they picked it up from watching TV as a baby, and up through the ranks of the faithful followers of approved beliefs, changing their minds (or not) as their pet beliefs fell into disrepute to be replaced by something new and improved.
It’s a funny thing, that man can “evolve” a kind of material technology and yet become less human in the process. Well, not so funny actually. It’s an energy trade-off. If you want to advance your technology, you must coincidentally give up previously attained levels of humanity or consciousness. The greatest loss is in values and ideals. These are sacrificed on the altar of science and technology. Science and technology are not human values, they are material and mechanical properties. They belong strictly to the material world.
In the beginning of modern “advances” in scientific thought and experimentation, older values and ideals still held sway. As success followed success for general science; as it gained expertise in the use of natural functions and turned those into technological achievements, the human part of scientists and technologists eroded away. They became thinking machines until all that mattered were measurable results. Consequences of applied science and technology mattered less and less. Science, or rather its high priests, were bought by financial interests in order to serve them, not the world, not the people but corporate and banking predators. A “moral” science would never expand as rapidly, nor be as lucrative as an amoral one, and so scientists dropped their façade of human ideals and plunged whole-heartedly into a materially centered understanding with a mechanistic explanation for everything.
Thus was humanity lost in developed and developing worlds. When everything must be scientifically explained and materially demonstrated or it is labelled false, you’ve gone from a human world to a machine world. When you enter the machine world all your human values and ideals; your wonderful abstract relationships, must be abandoned: they are poison to the machine, and machine is all that modern technological civilization understands. Inasmuch as it is still capable of worship, machine is what it worships. When a choice has to be made between securing resources to keep the machine running, or protecting life and the natural environment, the needs of the machine supersede those of life.
To claim that some things can be real while remaining outside the ability of science to categorize them is a direct assault upon the mechanistic central processing unit; an insult to technocratic machinists who label themselves scientific brains. Such claims could very well lead to legalized lobotomy or euthanasia in the near future with the “machinists” claiming that such thoughts hamper the machine’s ability to usher in the golden age of man.
Engineers have to explain, whether they know or not. [Magi’i of Cyador] (L. E. Modesitt, Jr.)