I am plainly scared, many of you too may be, and all sincere human beings should. Somewhere in Europe and the US, biologists and physicists are engaged in making man immortal. Somewhere in Russia 100 scientists are busy making an exact replica of the brain so that a human-robot could be made. In some other parts of the globe scientists are making a hybrid of human-beast that would be disease-proof, and some others are trying to make a super spaceman who could survive in weightless space. And, the latest, the scientists from different countries are playing god, having found the ‘God particle’ or God-damned particle.
Why this technophobia? You may well ask. Because the history of mankind and his ingenious finds do not inspire confidence. If the past is the yardstick nothing but desperation sets in a layman’s mind.
We discovered fire, the greatest of all inventions, and we began burning the planet and other fellow beings. We discovered wheels and we began to invade others and kill others more speedily than before. We discovered many drugs and made money from them and left those with side-effects for the powerless. We found how to split atom and used it on human beings and still 1600 nuclear bombs are kept ready for the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) eventuality.
Now, the scariest of all is the attempt to make man immortal. Well, well. You say man is the only rational being of all creatures, right? Wrong. He is the only irrational being; or else how could we ever think of immortality when simple logic defies it. Suppose we become immortal (no death) by 2045, as they claim to be, will we cease procreation? Immortality agrees if there is a freezing point and denies the right of the would-be generation. Because if none of the living human beings will ever die, how can we go on reproducing ourselves? This also means a freeze on sex, the very reason of our existence. This also means the existing people are so selfish that they do not want anymore future generations. This in essence means living in a black hole that defies time.
If on the other hand, it is your idea to be immortal and go on procreating, you need a million Earths. We don’t have even one spare Earth, what to talk of a million?
And, pray, do you want to live forever? How boring would it be! You want to see the same sun rising and setting, the same stars coming up and fading away day after day, night after night. Well, where is the nature’s magic of variety if we are to see each other for eternity? I can’t think of a bigger bore in life, and yet, these scientist Joes want it. Good luck to them.
If you want to reproduce the human brain, it means you want to bring in yet another imperfect bio-device in the lab. If at all, make a perfect man who has all virtues and no vices.
Man is made of five senses and he is the product of water and air. Earth is the only planet in the Solar system with water. Even if you reproduce a replica, what’s the use?
And, another thing: suppose the machine takes over reproduction from man, what a great disaster it would be. All products will be identical like the mass produced goods. If all look alike, I am sure we will die of ennui.
There is much to learn in this respect from Adolf Hitler, besides his ‘ My Struggle’ (Mein Kampf) and anti-semitism. He was history’s first man who wanted to create a super Aryan. Bereft of the modern lab, he still tried to make a perfect German who will be superior to all human beings on earth. One night he got up sweating from his sleep, with feverish feelings. He noted, “I saw him (super German) He is intrepid and cruel. I stood in fear before him!’
Two-thirds of the 7 billion plus human beings are suffering from diseases, war, poverty and what not. If only we did something to make this planet livable before aspiring immortality!
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PK Surendran is senior editor at Postnoon.