I forgot a meeting today. I was supposed to meet someone important at 11:00am. It slipped my mind. I find this unacceptable because I hold myself to high standards about giving my word. If I say I’ll do something then I want that to mean that it is as good as done. I have all sorts of technology to remind me of things, and keep my schedule organized. Unfortunately I thought this was so important I’d never forget it. I was wrong.

My technology didn’t fail me, my human brain did. Our minds and bodies let us down sometimes. Anyone over the age of 30 knows this. I must admit a fascination with stories in the news about promising medical advancements against aging. I like to imagine the amount of work I could achieve with a longer lifespan. I know I probably only have 40 years of productivity left if I’m EXTREMELY blessed. In reality, it’s much less than that.

I’ve started reading for fun again. It helps pass the time when I can’t fall asleep, even with my insomnia medication. I’ve read some interesting cyber-punk books, as well as a few lesser known Star Wars books (I loved those as a kid!). The way people are infused with technology in these books has always intrigued me. But know, as a serious student of the Bible, it intrigues me in a different way. These books make me wonder: where is the line between being human and being something other? We can have artificial joints and even appendages and still think of ourselves as human. Even a pacemaker to control our heart. One man even recently had a double arm transplant. These things make me wonder why people have to die at all nowadays. Can’t we just keep replacing the failing parts? I have a feeling that in the not too-distant future, perhaps in my lifetime, a person who is dying will have their brain attached to a computer, in hopes to achieve immortality.

But is this how God intends for us humans to live, or live eternally? I think not, even though I do find it exciting in part. You see, in Genesis 1 God man humanity and called it good. A constant theme of the Bible is that humans are frail, and that God is to be the source of our strength. It seems “everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die” – even Hezekiah, who was a good king. So then it seems that when technology takes away someone’s frailty or prospect of death, then they become somewhat other than the the human that God intended and called good. Would a brain hooked to a computer, with Google-like access to all sorts of information, really be human?

I am not trying to advocate becoming a Luddite, but I do think we need to be wary of the degree to which we rely on technology. Is it a tool, or a goal? Cars help transport us through space to communicate face to face with others. Skype is somewhat different, and yet somewhat the same. Though, one still experiences the limits of their humanity much more from a long car-ride to visit family, than one does from turning on a computer and video chatting with someone on the other side of the world.

I guess my point is, don’t be too quick to do away with the limited-ness of your humanity. God created you that way.

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