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Take Your Virtue With You When You Go To Hell
Throughout human history, people have been dependent on technology for survival and for leisure. From our humble hunter-gatherer beginnings, sharpened sticks were used to kill prey and baskets were used to store roots and berries. Most importantly, however, was fire; a force of nature humanity bent to its will, using it for warmth, light, protection, and cooking. The use of fire, more than anything, symbolized man’s dominion over nature; the human element conquering the natural element. However, there must of course have been some elder, some figure of authority, in each community, that, with each advance (whether they be from torches to fire-pits or sharpened sticks to stone spears) would criticize it’s use, declaring that it wasn’t proper for them to be using such a thing. After all, the elder didn’t use it when he was young and part of the hunt, so it must not be necessary. Of course, in this era, survival was more important than tradition.
In modern times, survival is no longer such a tumultuous issue, therefore, the question of specifically which technological advancements are ethically pertinent comes into being. As such things as human cloning, stem-cell therapy, genetic splicing, and performance enhancing drugs become available, the social significance of a uniform code of morality seems to be required to discern which steps should be taken and which should not. However, it seems that technology dictates social standards to a greater degree than social standards dictate technology. That is to say, the very idea anesthesia would have been balked at by early surgeons, but once it becomes available, it’s immediately a staple of the practice.
This isn't the age of the raindance or the Second Coming of Christ. This, my friends, is the fucking Age of Abortion. This is the era where we have the leisure of casting off unwanted human life. This is the time when the human life is less than an expendable commodity. This is the age that man finally proves his independence from God. I'm glad to be here to see it.
God ... he deserves our respect, even if we choose not to grant him fealty