Posted: Thu, February 14, 2013 | By: Hank Pellissier
“God” and “Death” are intertwined… because “God” with his lure of “Heaven” was devised to blunt the horror of every human’s extinction.
What’s the major Promise of every major Religion?
Eternal Life. Escape from Death.
Does Religion deliver the goods? No. None of the 100+ billion humans born on Earth has ever escaped the clutches of the Grim Reaper.
In the battle of “Life” vs. “Death” the latter wins every time. Every human is buried or cremated, chewed up by worms and fire.
We Die, no matter how fervently we pray to invisible Saviors.
We age, We become feeble. We sicken until we succumb. No Deity rescues us despite our blind faith and obedience.
It’s pathetic, really. We’re terrified of the Grim Reaper, so we kowtow, prostrate, and genuflect for millennia - why not?
It’s excusable. Humanity didn’t have any other options.. because… our Technology was as crude as Theology.
But now… this contest - Death vs. Humanity - is… Changing.
Death is still winning, but we’re defending ourselves longer.
Medicine is amassing an arsenal of tools that can blunt the Grim Reaper’s scythe.
Nanobots. Jellyfish. Stem Cells. Telomeres.
Every week a fresh wound is opened in the Grim Reaper’s omnipotence.
Death will be slain, we are realizing. We will live indefinitely.
Death will be slain, NOT via the “power” and “grace” of “God” - who has been a useless ally, a confusion, a distraction, a promise-babbling fraud.
“God” and “Death” are on the run together.
When Humanity attains Indefinite Life Extension… “God” and “Death” will jump together into the abyss of historic embarrassment.
We will be ashamed that we ever believed in God.
We will blush at our naivete, our obtuseness. Our grandchildren will sneer at our era’s religiosity… the way we smirk today, at primitives who stab voodoo sticks into enemy turds.
Silly stinking notion. Religion = idiocy based on irrationality.
But… please… Religion… before you Disappear…
Leave us the arts of your struggle.
Your anguish, elevated into imaginative excellence.
Transhumanity needs this.
Transhumanity needs Aesthetics of “Sacred Holiness.” Archives of lamentations, psalms, proverbs, koans and canons.
Transhumanity doesn’t need “Faith” but it needs the depth of yearning…
Let’s throw out the Baby but keep the Bathwater.
Throw out “God” but keep the Awe and the Quest.
Directed at exactly the same goals - Eternal Life. Paradise. Abolition of Suffering.
Transhumanity - direct the Hope and Reverence of Religion - at Reality.
Turn the False Temples into Edifices of Inquiry. Transform the Prayers into Equations. Minarets into Rockets. Stainglass into Dyson Sphere. Buddhas into Robots.
Religion had no Nihilism. Transhumanity needs No Nihilism.
Transhumanity needs… White Hat Cosmists with Dreams of Illumination and Salvation.