As I am planning to contain trans-humanism in my master's degree, it would be interesting to see how different people view the subject.
In case someone is not familiar with that, trans-humanism basically has to do with an utopia of artificially 'upgrading' the human race, ie. changing the genetic structure, combining animal DNA (to increase the capacity of senses as instance), connecting technology to human body for same results. Everything to the extent the idea of what really is human becomes quite blur, hence the name trans-humanism.
And it's not some small crazy sect, but actually accumulating enormous amounts of tax money in the research where human animal hybrids are generated, to mention one thing.
This all is being done under the name of development and scientific research, like to enhance the chances for those who may suffer from certain kind of inability (missing a leg, to get rid of genetic abnormalities etc.). All this sounds great and I have no right to deny the possibility for normal life from anyone. However, the stakes are high, we talking about dissolving the barriers between different species, and our DNA.
If you believe there is a higher meaning in life, these kind of activities should seem alarming. What good has there ever come when man begins to mess up with the nature? Genetically dealt crops created super bugs, overt use of antibiotics super bacteria.
Please, share your insights here.
One of the aspects of HUMANISM the reader ought to be aware of is the chameleon like ability of its adherents to change its definition/their position. It's rather like roaches hiding in dark places to avoid being squashed by the heavy boot of truth.
For example, one of the definitions of humanism embraced by the international film industry (and who doesn't watch movies?) is this one;
Humanism - (def. movie version) people reacting with one another in the context of their times or their own experience.
As an illustration I submit a few famous lines from a French pre-invasion movie.
From La Regle du jeu (1939) ----------------------
(translation - The Rules of the Game)
by Jean Renoir
"I want to disappear into a hole."
"What? What for?"
"I wouldn't have to figure out what's good and what's evil."
"The terrible thing is that everyone has his reasons."
The key line here is the last one which states one of the accepted pillars of humanist philosophy 'everyone has his reasons'. One might substitute the word 'justification' in its place. Note the previous line expressing an attempt to avoid a moral imperative. The humanist method of escape from moral responsibility is to justify everything according to one's own perspective.
It worked pretty well until the Germany Army marched in and imposed its own variety of morality at the end of the machine gun.
In the end, humanism is a linear myopic philosophy. It considers only human relationships, as in the film, or human relationships with the environment, as on Earth Day, or one's relationship with one's self, as in the plethora of self-absorbed novels and starlets of the present day. There is no room in humanism for the visiting space alien, unless of course said alien is human itself. ET, for example, was a warped mirror image of his human contact Eliot.
Where is God in all this? Nowhere to be found.
Any pseudo-theologian who tries to massage God into the humanistic ideological system fails in the effort. To fill in the gaps of humanistic Christianity the concept of 'love' is usually inserted in place of the God of the Bible (He's much too rough and opinionated a character anyway). Love is pink, mushy and universally acceptable to everyone who has a crotch to play with. The heart and mind are different organs, ones that God, the real one, spends a great deal of time influencing.
Humanism is a dark lie. As such definitions and attempts to nail it down usually become nebulous themselves. The most successful (in terms of money) attempts to define and portray it are those which link it with human passion.
God's passion is never included in the humanistic equation. No humanist has ever come up with a Biblically correct way of dealing with the cross.
and that's just me, hollering from the choir loft....