Dorothy Deasy, Contributor
What is spiritual transhumanism? For me, it is synonymous with the realization of the Kingdom of God and it has three key components:
- non-violence (neither physical nor economic),
- codification of the Rights of Man, and
- co-creating in a way that reflects an understanding of the sacredness of Creation.
Jesus referred often, in “some fifty sayings and parables,” to the Kingdom of God. From these sayings, Jesus’s followers learn how to behave in the here and now. The Kingdom is realized when humankind is working in concert with Divine intent for social justice and non-violence.
This vision may seem inconsistent with transhumanism because transhumanism often bring to mind images of technology from science fiction. Yet I look at the amazing world unfolding before us and see God active in the world. There are daily breakthroughs in research and application such as the:
- use of genomics to cure cancer,
- creating crops resistant to blight,
- saving lives with artificial and animal-grown organs,
- helping infertile couples conceive,
- implants that can short circuit Parkinson’s tremors,
- cars that do not need drivers,
- eradication of wild polio in India, and
- news that Voyager has crossed over into interstellar space.
We are all transhumanist because the very context of industrialized modernity is to push beyond the boundaries of nature.
Together we can help shape the unfolding of the transhuman age in a fashion that respects human flourishing. Together we can lobby and avoid political abuses that would pervert the intensions of the emerging technologies.
If transhuman philosophy embraces spirituality, ecosystem and symbiotic thinking, thereby co-creating with God, then both humankind and society may be transfigured to bring about the Kingdom of God.
Note: This is an excerpt from my presentation at the 2014 MTA Conference in SLC on April 4, 2014.