Should we be required to live in the body in which we were birthed? The Bionic ear is with us in the form of the cochlear implant. We have bionic arms and legs attached to the war wounded. Now the Bionic Eye is here.
We are slowly becoming a body of technology as the flesh weakens and decays. Does bionics confirm or deny the existence of God? The most religious among us will claim — in a fascinating metaphysical dance around an illogical argument — that God invented everything and so He invented Bionics and therefore it is God’s hand that is creating the technology to replace failing body parts.
Do you find that argument curious? Doesn’t bionics show the failure of God in preserving the body? Is it possible bionics exist in spite of God instead of because of Him? Why would God create a body that can wear out? Why would God create a mechanical replacement that is not of the flesh and spirit? Is bionics Anti-God and Pro-Science? Is it our bodies or our minds that make us human?
If it is spirit that gives us cogent life over inanimate objects, where then, does the mechanical eye fit into that lifeforce equation? How far away are we from interchangeable body pieces? If your eye is wearing out, head over to the vending machine and buy a new one in a different color for $20. Is your heartbeat weak? Order the latest mechanical model from Amazon.com and feel better in 2-3 business days.
Is your arm feeling tired after pitching 3 innings in the Major Leagues? Screw in a new arm and double your pitch speed.
We are on a doomed route of falling for a life without the failures of the flesh.
The forced, artificial, regeneration of human cells will lead to a propagation of lives that — 100 years ago — would not last past the age of 30. In 20 years the life expectancy — the demand for “continuing” — will be 200 years. Will that sort of fake, extended, life be worth living? Is everlasting life what we all seek?
Is that why science leads us into total-body bionics? What percentage of a regenerated body must remain “original flesh born of original sin” in order to still be considered “human” and not artificial life? 51 percent? One percent? One one hundredth of one percent? Is a whisper of breath from a mechanical lung enough of a human mark to be considered alive and not just powered up?
Is the ultimate test of science verses faith merely a game of cosmic one-upmanship: The divinity of disease eradicates the body and science removes the flesh with a soulless replacement made of plastic and titanium?