reply to post by Dr Cosma
Evolution does not stop with our present body and our present behaviors.
If we do not change, we simply die.
That's why people are afraid. Because they do not want to change.
But the vast bulk of humanity will change when the time comes. I don't know how long it will be.
I think it will happen in steps. Small steps. So small that most won't notice.
Those changes are happening right now with our communication here on this forum.
Everytime you use a phone to talk to a friend or use a computer to do school work.
It's all happening right underneath your nose. When the time comes, you'll lose your fear.
Nothing stays the same. That's why we die. That's why our DNA changes. As we live longer, we change more. If we lived hundreds of years we would
change as much in 50 to 100 years as is the average difference between two present-day humans. Once you understand this then you know that we live
forever through each other. Change is the constant. It's the give and take of the universe.
Since we will not lose our humanity, I do not fear it.
If we did lose it, I would fight alongside you. Our humanity is our reason.
Your mistake is assuming that humans will lose their humanity. You're wrong. There's nothing that humans hold more closely to themselves than their
humanity. It's the only thing that makes it all worth it. All of the pains people have experienced. The death. The loss. All of that is in vain if we
give up and throw it all away. There're walls that must come down. Not just to overcome, but to restore the memory of those that have come before us.
Perhaps we will find a way to observe the past and to record our ancestors. It's not just about moving into the future. It's not just about solving
problems. Humans are not just calculators.
So, no, I am not afraid of merging with computers. I see them as just another tool. Like machines. Or radio. Or oil extraction and internal combustion
engines. Or chemical rockets. Or protective clothing.
I remember when I was a christian, I didn't want to do Yoga in class because I thought it was demonic. I'm not a christian anymore, but sometimes I
think people fear technology the same way. Like it's dirty somehow or satanic or corrupting. I think that tools can be bad if we do not know how to
use them correctly. But that's the danger in anything. Anything and everything can be used incorrectly. That cannot be the reason to reject it. We
can't eliminate risk in life. Too much safety is itself dangerous.
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