Friday, March 10, 2006

A Technocratic Faith

Canon Magazine will be having a reading at the KGB Bar this evening. Below is the satiric gospel I plan to divulge while raising a pint there tonight.

More than a century has passed since Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead.” Nietzsche’s provocation suggests the traditional values and religious convictions of old Europe would one day vanish leaving humanity empty and nihilistic. Nietzsche’s warning has yet to ring true. God is, regrettably, very much alive. In fact, the immature esoteric fairy tales that animate Christianity, Catholicism, and Islam continue to burden us with their bigoted tantrums and careless convictions. Fortunately, Nietzsche’s declaration still has time to sound off. But when will this trumpet announce the curtain-call for all this religious nonsense? Perhaps the “end” –everyone seems so ready to die for –is already here? If so, let us rejoice and praise our salvation from these shackles! Let us bless this new technocratic faith!

Understandably, old habits will, be hard to break. Therefore, it is important to respect and acknowledge the apparent relevance of certain religious virtues. But relax, this will be easy; remember, one of the best aspects of our technocratic faith is that it allows us the opportunity to willfully create and control our own personally simulated environments. After all, one person’s heaven could just as easily be defined as another person’s hell. Why then shouldn’t we program our own utopias? How could we ever allow another person’s agenda the capacity to speak for our own?

The time has come to ignore the ignorant ramblings habitually spouted from the chapel pulpit. God is not somewhere else. God is already here and will soon be upgraded, and downloaded into our I-Pods, I-Macs, and Sprawl Marts. The saved are already plugged in. Those seeking deliverance from the old faith’s harsh judgments, will do everything in their power to meet the demands of this new digitally aesthetic ideal. Devout supplicants of the technocratic faith already walk among us. Look ye’ upon thy followers as they give alms to ATM machines, while others eagerly confess their sins, desires, and semblances to web cams and cell phone video screens. Alters of plastic, glass, and circuitry are dispersed throughout our living rooms, classrooms, and marketplaces, to totally integrate paradise into a unified whole. Accordingly, true technocratic believers will be assimilated into this interconnected body; of course, the New Kingdom will look nothing like “the Christ”.

Technocratic non-believers and neo-Luddites alike will shout “666! We’re damned by this mark of the beast! ...Your Apple computer is the Antichrist!” Be assured, the new digital divide won’t be bound by economics or cultural development; we will instead see a new war that shall pit old faiths against the new. At first, stubborn adherents to these ancient beliefs will react violently to this inevitable hi-tech evolution. Men, women, and children will sacrifice their own (and regrettably, others’) lives in erratic attempts to justify the legitimacy of their misguided delusions. Ultimately, even the most fundamental of followers will perceive the silliness of these illogical convictions. Extremists will eventually put down their guns, while fanatics shall cease their rebel rousing and awaken to a new world ripe with potential and brimming with peace and love.

However, before this glorious day of synthetic salvation arrives, there’ll be those who’ll try to test our technocratic faith. Do not be tempted! Renounce the criticisms of our prophet’s: Saint Bill Gates, Saint Buckminster Fuller, and Saint Blackberry. Some may say this world of technocratic abundance is not possible. Others will reject technology as being able to solve all our problems. But these pessimistic views are merely distractions. The dawn of the technocratic age is already here! Soon, waste, pollution, poverty, and ignorance will rust atop history’s mounting scrap heap. Of course, before we reach this pixilated promise land there are things we’ll need to consider first.

Is technocracy oppressive? After all, how shall we safeguard free speech, assure the right to assembly, and even personal thought if everyone is hooked-up to one omnipresent motherboard? Moreover, how will we alleviate the anxiety of entrepreneurs? Will strict environmental regulations, the slashing of wasteful profit margins and removal of illogical bottom-line ideals deter big business from investing in this future? Of course not, under the new technocracy, we will only be as free as we desire. Certainly, we’ll be obliged to simultaneously meet the demands of a fused system while maintaining our autonomy; but this will also be easy when we have the ability to develop infinite possibilities. In fact, our current language is inadequately equipped to even describe the new freedoms, emotions, and pleasures we’ll experience in this digital world. This shall also be the case for business, consider the economic advantages of such potential innovations. Anyone who resists these advancements is only fooling themselves.

Secondly, is our technocratic faith immoral? Well, the answer to this question will specifically depend on what one defines as being moral. If you consider altering the human body, mind, and consciousness, so as to advance its utmost potential, immoral, then yes, our technocratic faith is decadently depraved! However, morality is, for those of us ready to blast out of these old forms, just an anchor to progress and a total waste of time. So, let us discard the hypocritical values and ethical trash that have prevented us from achieving true salvation.

Finally, will technocracy cause us to lose some invaluable aspect of our human character? No. In fact, this technocrat salvation is part of our human character. We seek new frontiers, greater challenges, and fantastic possibilities. The only thing we’ll lose after embracing this technocratic faith is the age-old hang-ups and amusing mysticisms that have already bored our history to death. Let us be done with these uncertainties and apprehensions. A technocratic faith will totally revolutionize the backward thinking, harmful ideologies, and foolish fundamentalisms that have outlived their tired function once and for all. These faiths now (at the expense of ending this with another tired cliché’) – need “to pack up or shut up.”