March 10, 2015
Where Are We Headed?
I read ridiculous stories of women losing their gym memberships because of violating a "no judgment policy" for complaining of having to share a restroom with a transgender man. Then there are all the really serious stories of the breakdown in ethics, morality, and human dignity -- and it is happening in all spheres of our existence; from our governing bodies, to our schools, to our personal lives. It's as if there are no longer any rules; anything goes, as long as you don't get caught! And tolerance is the byword of the culture -- unless you disagree with their agenda.
Open up any newspaper, magazine, or website and you are inundated with nightmarish stories. We, as a society, are so hungry for good, wholesome news, that any act of kindness or compassion becomes a viral success on the internet -- millions of hits by people who need to know that the human race is still capable of showing charity to another human being.
Have you tried having a serious conversation about the state of the world with anyone lately? I get remarks like, "Oh, I just don't know what the big deal is ... why should we care about that?" Sometimes I even get the statement, "Nothing has really changed in the world ... it's been like this for centuries; everything will turn out alright." Don't you just want to shout, "No, it's not the same ... and if we don't stop where the world is headed, everything WON'T be alright!!!"
I just wish I could make people realize that there are pivot points in the history of mankind. Things happen that either propel societies and civilizations to new and greater heights of creativity that benefit man; and which include empathy and mercy towards each other --- OR events occur that stifle and suppress the innovation and resourcefulness of men, which in turn seems to result in plunging humankind to the very depths of indifference and cruelty. Which era do you think we are in today?
There will be people who will tell us that we are making too much of things ... that we are evolving as a society and culture; we are more inclusive and less intolerant; and we are entering a new cycle of vision and enterprise in "the computer age".
Unfortunately, I see far too much negative impact from our so-called "evolution"; much more than any positive effect. It's true that in the recent past, the Industrial Revolution brought mind-blowing conveniences to mankind; inventions that relieved hard, menial work and raised the quality of living for millions world-wide. But the natural evolution of that period in history has led to the Technology Revolution, and I honestly fear what we are evolving towards.
A company in Sweden has micro-chipped its employees for the sake of convenience (so they say); and Ray Kurzweil, the famous futurist and Director of Engineering at Google predicts that 2045 is the magic year in which we will be uploading our entire minds to computers. That says nothing of plans to place computers/robots in the role of your doctor and pharmacist; your lawyer; store clerks; soldiers (that terrifies me!); and babysitters. This stuff is no longer part of science fiction stories or conspiracy theories ... major developers like Foster-Miller, who has designed the MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic) system for use in Iraq; and Google who has plans to introduce automated cars, both point towards a future where computers replace people. As of 2013, it was estimated that 1.2 million industrial robots were working worldwide — that's one robot for every 5,000 people, according to Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Robotic Nation.
But, it's not just technology that is streaming us towards a future that lacks the human imprint. Even our interactions, the structure of our families, and our faith all point to a decrease in the human element. Interpersonal feedback -- whether between two friends, or between citizen and government -- is no longer done face to face. It's all done through a text or email. What's more, the culture is driving us towards a new definition of "family"; one that is often-times created in a laboratory, because it can't be done naturally by humans. And then there is our faith. It has been mythologized, stripped of its historic authenticity, and reduced to an "as-needed" basis -- our lives are all about self-worship. The commandments to "love your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength; and your neighbor as yourself" just don't apply to our self-centered world.
So, how much longer can this ol' world continue on the path we are on today? Do you think that the barbarity of ISIS will just go away? Do you think that Technology will advance the human state? Do you think that we will just wake up one morning, and the world will have returned to a desire for moral absolutes and personal freedom to live our lives as we choose?
Think about it ... it's all about control, don't you think? Mankind has mandated climate control, population control, and gun control. The sense of "true freedom" is slipping through our fingers. And not only that, we are losing the sense of what it means to be an individual, a unique creation, and to be respected for our differences. Maybe the history of mankind has always been this volatile and tenuous. But this is what the deterioration of man's humanity feels like to me ... in my lifetime. I know that God is ultimately in control, and believe me, that is what sustains me. I remain focused on Him, and my strength is renewed daily in the knowledge of Him. He is my comfort on the days when it is all too much.
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death."