Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Tech for Me, but Not for Thee: Psalm 8 Meets Transhumanism – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 13, 2023

We’re now learning about multiple labs around the world looking into altering the DNA of viruses so that they can better infiltrate and influence the bodies of human beings. I speak here of the newly infamous “gain of function” research.  Yet, at the same time, we’re being told that collecting firewood (or, Gaia forbid – coal!) to heat hearth and home is an act of selfishness – at best.  Nothing funny about the logic of the “elites” there, eh?

By Jeff Krinock

I wrote to the late, great Becky Akers about a year before her too-early passing early in 2022.  I wanted to share with her my horror upon learning that an “academic” had just published a book suggesting that all of humanity should be eliminated in the cause of saving the environment.  Eliminated.  I was familiar enough with Becky’s own work to know that she would drop her jaw (as I did) upon finding yet another ostensibly educated person pronouncing her way out of our “scientific world” right back into the realm of (supposedly discredited) metaphysical decisions. The professor in question – I won’t here give her name or the title of her book so as to avoid granting her one scintilla of publicity – decided it was her place to pontificate regarding humanity-ending decisions.  The kinds of decisions that belonged, during sane eras, to God Almighty.  Bring to an end all of mankind?  Hey – why not?  She has a PhD, right?

Returning to sanity, for a moment.  About man and his role in life, death, and the environment, one of my favorite Psalms says this:

“You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.”

It’s certainly true that in our era, just like the “academic” about whom Becky and I marveled, there are now teeming millions of our fellow human beings currently bowing to elements of nature (or, the earth, or to Gaia, or “the environment” – pick the name of your idol).  These folks willingly worship and revere that which is neither eternal nor divine.

So it’s almost confusing to read straightforward words, from God, no less, about man exercising “dominion”.  Really?  We’re to prevail upon nature, upon the environment, that false god so widely revered, venerated, and even downright worshipped in our day?  Needless to say, unlike our unnamed “academic”, the Psalm says not one word suggesting collective suicide in behalf of the environment, in some sort of macabre twisting of God’s mandate to assert dominion.  (As an aside, I’ll note that those turning nature and the environment into false gods do so apparently ignorant of the most basic teachings provided by any decent Sunday School: Bad things come to idolaters.  Really bad things.)

Sure, there might be room for a tad bit of confusion as to who, exactly, exercises dominion over nature, given that the Psalmist uses metonymy to define his subject: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?  For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.”

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