Cult of the Mad Scientist

Without knowledge, an inhumane idea can masquerade as a good solution. We’ll readily fall to misjudgment without context and knowledge. The starting place is to know ourselves and our past.

Can we agree we live with just a fragment of our history?

It is my opinion that modern consciousness does not have an accurate understanding of itself and its past. In the big scheme of things, we live with a fragment of the understanding of who we are.

Humanity has a long evolutionary relationship with the Earth and the universe. The traditional view of human history includes a vast spiritual landscape that gets glossed over by modern historical and scientific viewpoints. We should disregard as little as possible of the broadest understanding of ourselves to withstand the challenges that come with technological advances.

Fragment

Recorded history goes back only 6000 years, but humans are thought to have populated most of the earth for the last 12,000 years. And what about before that? A lot is missing, and there is plenty of speculation.

Besides, it’s not like “recorded history” is synonymous with high-quality information.

Herodotus is thought to be the first writer to perform a systematic investigation of historical events. He lived 2,500 years ago. He has been described as “The Father of History.” His records of the Greco-Persian Wars, however, are a drop in the ocean. Interestingly, at the same time, one of the best minds (of all time) was discussing the lost civilization of Atlantis in his writings (Plato’s Timaeus and Critius).

It was only “recently” that we developed a robust historical method. The modern concept of how to record history is only about 400 years old (investigating source materials, etc) coming from France and Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Hence, we are trapped in a fragment.

Does it Matter?

A linear concept of time would suggest our progress is also linear and lead us to conclude our past was unsophisticated and irrelevant. Who cares if our hunter-gatherer days weren’t recorded? However, time isn’t linear. Time is cyclic.  Civilizations rise and fall. There is evidence of significant advances in science, technology, mathematics, and astronomy in ancient civilizations.

So what about today — our current age of advancing technology?  First of all, we should think twice to assume this is the first time humans have had advanced technology or an advanced civilization. This is born out of the fragment in which we live. I don’t believe it to be true. I agree with those who propose we have had cycles of recapitulation where we build up technological advances which are followed by periods of destruction.

It may sound scary, but nothing in this plane is meant to last. The worst outcome with technology is not that it comes but rather that it is misunderstood. With limited self-knowledge and a very narrow view of ourselves, we would lack discernment and be vulnerable to mistakes and manipulation. With context, it can be different.

Context

Context would tell us technology is not synonymous with advancement.

The truth is humanity is in tune with the universe. The Earth and humanity have had many past stages and are working towards future stages. The universe runs on the principle of metamorphosis and evolution. That’s true advancement. The human form is sacred and it’s been worked out over long periods.

Technological and genetic modification is a degradation. We have the form; the main thing is to honor that. It’s ok to not buy into the modification frenzy (illness?). We are threatened by a cult of the mad scientist where everything in nature would be modified in the name of progress.

That’s not to say I disagree with any usage of technology; that’s not the point. I recommend being wary of technology that overruns nature. I favor harmony with nature and keeping technology in context…

…and I believe in the vast spiritual nature of humankind and its power to guide us.