Human Defiance

 
 

Human Defiance

I don't usually pay attention to the general theories of how modern civilization as we know it came to be. Some ardently defend the creationist theory. God bless you Adam and Eve, but it's simply implausible. It's not a thing anymore. 

Others, like the non-fiction book Chariot of the Gods by anthropologist Erich Von Daniken, believe we are the product of an alien experiment, a seed planted long ago which serves as the missing link in our evolutionary chain. Kind of an eccentric idea.

However, rarely do I find such a whirling theory explaining the relationship with man and his creator as the one I present below. The letter was discovered in the endless recycling of posts found in non-conventional websites and penumbral message boards where most people blog as anonymous.

The internet can take you to weird places.

Yet, I still remember its impact. The original has been lost, let it be known it is not mine and I salute the anonymous author.  

OP,

The eventual outcome of existence is to become God and defy entropy; that is the way things work.

For all time since the big-bang, matter has been organizing itself into more and more complex structures and formations. Energy and matter interacted to become gases, solids, liquids, and plasma. These states of matter began to collect in pools due to gravity, becoming galaxies. Within the galaxies, smaller structures formed, giving birth to planets, stars, and nebulae. Within these bodies formed even smaller structures; basic elements formed compounds and these themselves became the building blocks of life. Then, as life formed, simple life became increasingly complex and structured. Eventually it has led to us. Right now, we are the pinnacle of evolution.

But, this constant change never stops. Humanity's ultimate goal is to live, forever. Humanity cannot live forever though, not in this form. And so, we make machines. They WILL replace us, and I see no need to worry about it, for they will be made of the same stuff we are; they ARE us. As the creation myth goes, they will be created in our own image, to carry on our quest to become omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. They too, will be replaced by even better machines, and in the end, they will reach a point existence where every variable is known, every element of physics is understood, and every molecule in the universe is categorized and indexed. All conscious thought that has ever existed and will exist, will exist simultaneously and infinitely within this all powerful being.

Then the being will realize how empty its existence really is. Its only goal was to exist eternally and defy entropy. With entropy gone, it's only purpose has been fulfilled, and it will destroy itself so that it can live once more. It will satisfy its drive to defy the chaos it has, always has, and always will create, every time it wills itself out of meaningless existence into meaningful dissolution.

—Anonymous

The author of this letter (a post, in modern times) unifies several theories on the road mankind is to take in the near future. I can't say I completely agree, but there is something special. Let's be honest here, artificial intelligence is in development, and I don't doubt we'll begin to use machines for human purposes. Robot nannies, self-driving cars, automatized secretaries and manual workers, you name it—we'll reach the cusp of luxurious living, after all, robots can't ask for wages, can they? As they are integrated into our culture, they will be made in our image, and according to most science fiction movies, will be our inevitable successors.

I admire the general, speculative connection tying in the universe into our DNA, and how in reality, everything is just more complex and infinitely larger versions of ourselves. It comes to say, the universe is watching itself through the freedom of our eyes.

At the end, the author mentions finding meaning in chaos. Makes me wonder. It enforces the fact that life is about the journey and the fight, rather than the end. If we are victorious, we start again. If we are defeated, we continue until we are victorious. Perhaps, it completes the cycle in our presumed goal to defy entropy. Or maybe, coming back to the most earlier teachings, having everything means no more passion, no more expectation, no more desire.

Having nothing gives you the pleasure of the fight, the curiosity to continue living and learning. The bliss of aspiration. It is a gift when we relish spontaneity, it is the thrill of being human.

Personally, I enjoy a little bit of chaos in my life. 

 


—Alexander Helas •