Upon awakening this morning, and for no discernable reason, my first thought focused on religion, and why there is more disdain among the religious, of religions that are not their own, than there is of the devil in any religion. Such scorn seems an utter impossibility given that all religions proclaim by varying degree — to be purveyors of God’s love, goodness, devotion, sacrifice, truth, and wisdom.
I have no answer for this discrepancy, but the subject (however unlikely) brought to mind the ubiquitous world wide web — that raucous, under-construction, unconstrained, gargantuan international electric neighbourhood which has no religion, no expectation of a transformative messiah, and no God beyond the glory of electric energy.
The Beast Spins A Web
The internet is a beast, uncivil by corporal standards, rudely honest in its capacity to include any idea the mind can think of — and any voice, no matter how small, can ring loud in the internet’s ear.
The internet is not a country; it is not a belief system; it is not a government. It belongs to everyone, and no one, and by virtue of its existence, the internet has broken the bond of routine social contracts, conditioning our prejudiced perception of evolution and God. We are now on the path to a new human, our more ethereal counterpart…the Electro Sapien or e-sapien.
How the future supremacy of the Electro Sapien will play out is speculative, at best. Competing themes on how we came to be homo sapien, “modern man,” are still lost in interpretation. What we can infer, by way of all theories on the origin of the homo sapien — from the Aquatic Ape theory to unknown breakaway members of some homo antecessor-group, or a Homo Heidelbergensis / Homo Sapien tryst — is that many possibilities existed, and one survived.
Likewise, with over seven billion human beings living today, it is rational to assume that small, pre-Electro Sapien groups or types, directed by the species’ self-organisation, have begun to break away from the whole.
To establish who these new electro-types are, and why they will survive to establish the next level of species’ expansion, involves the discomfort of disputing or questioning the future validity of traditional interpretations of human purpose.
Purpose Of Life
The human being, created by God, is made purposeful by living through a belief in God, and ascending to God’s embrace at death. A high percentage of the world’s religions proclaim this path of purpose, and for many, that path is further guaranteed by messianic intervention.
The human being, created by the laws or forces of nature, is made purposeful by living through a belief in knowledge, and ascending to an enlightened verification at death that energy cannot be destroyed. A high percentage of the world’s scientific disciplines proclaim this path of purpose, and for many, that path is further guaranteed by the advent of exceptional discovery — a factual version of messianic intervention.
Though few in number, and insignificant at present, the human being, the electro-types created by the internet — because the internet serves, without prejudice, the purpose perspectives of all levels of social interaction — has begun to define himself, and his path of purpose, by the indiscriminate consumption of electromagnetic energy regulating internet existence. As a result, we cannot expect postmodern electro-types to share a moral knowledge of purpose with defined value equivalence to that of a human being created by God and nature.
A Touchscreen World
The internet has not only brought us new rules, with it, we have walked into, or onto, the field of an entirely new game — a touchscreen world. To win in this new game, Electro Sapien groups or types will regard maintenance and usage of electricity as their essential source of life and purpose. They will embrace all aspects of nano-technological progress, especially those endeavours that lead to individualising the source of power that feeds the internet.
All studies which involve cloning, artificial self-replication, artificial intelligence, body part replacement technologies and systems, neurological re-engineering of brain function, and many more that yield the sum benefit of greater individual influence over the multi-leveled strata
of the game, will be supported by electro-types.
The electro-type, the Electro Sapien, will expand conscious access to brain realism, merge-through miraculous data crunching — our insipid linear perception of reality with actual multi-dimensional reality. He will abstract linear thinking, see and analyse in greater detail the sapient mass of present time. He will feed on vision and memory connectivity stored in all constructs of matter, and harness integration of individual electric signatures with the internet’s electric signature. He will not fear physical death nor personal identity dissolution and insignificance.
Hope and strength, bestowed upon the religious who believe in God, will arise in the Electro Sapien as the freedom to create reality. Though far from being heartless or barbaric, Electro Sapiens will gain conscience from knowledge sharing. They will disallow corporal moral guilt; the sense of personal regret people feel when they are offended, or offend — they will not need a messianic saviour.
For the Electro Sapien, the internet is the messiah.
The Electro Sapien
The electro-type, the Electro Sapien, will expand conscious access to brain realism, merge — through miraculous data crunching — our insipid linear perception of reality with actual multidimensional reality. He will abstract linear thinking, see and analyse in greater detail the sapient mass of present time. He will feed on vision and memory connectivity stored in all constructs of matter, and harness integration of individual electric signatures with the internet’s electric signature. He won’t fear death, nor personal identity dissolution and insignificance.
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