Each of them had a regularly prescribed regiment of what to ingest, taken upon waking each day. People counted on them to perform and be at their best. Having such a rare gift and talent was both a blessing and a curse. People didn’t really want to know they were human, instead they were put the talent pedestal and in some senses worshiped and idolized. With each new feat, the pressure to perform better, longer, faster, and quicker came. Upon waking, a series of drugs was put into the system that doctors said would optimize the quest for performing, at night, each took a series of drugs that doctors said would optimize and rejuvenate with deep sleep. The idea was to just get them ready to perform. The aforementioned subjects weren’t sports stars; it was Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
The debate of the day is what is wrong with simply being human in a world that in theory has the ability to elevate humanity, but has a track record with a very flawed distribution system that simply shifts and doesn’t really change.
There is nothing inherently bad, dangerous, or evil about any of the substance or items man has at his disposal. The question is in simply, “how does man decide to use them?” That is where the problems can come in.
The reason for man not really changing, might simply be that much of his time is spent with externals and things outside of himself that get attached to the image or person of who the physical body is. Through history, possessions and stuff, physical beauty and what one looked like have been rewarded. The things on the inside of the person, could be covered over and not really seen with various forms of “make-up” for each of our shortcomings.
Yesterday it was about wallet weigh ins, how much property and stuff one had, today it is about literally going inside a body to modify, implant and change what one looks like. Tomorrow will be genetic manipulation of sperm and egg to produce what one wants, not to mention that if you need a new heart, liver, kidney and perhaps skeletal parts, one can simply print one out in the lab and have in installed. Perhaps it might perform even better than the original?
Lets take modern sports for a change. It is funny as I pitched a TV show a few months ago that really would be cool, but “the biggest problem would be keeping contestants from serious bodily damage” with bringing the reality of future tools to humanity today. Cool idea, great ratings, but…. that liability rider and the cost in spare parts and other items would make profitability a bit difficult.
Sports as we know it, is going to change, but what we thought was impressive for a world record, will be nothing when we get done with ingesting substances, strapping on our exoskeletons and having new competitions.
That brings me to the question for the people who want the “drug” league vs. the “natural” leagues.
All I can think of is the tale of two Armstrong’s. Neil, and Lance. Both were truly amazing talents in their fields, both pushed and stressed their bodies and minds beyond what a normal human probably ever has to make them better to perform. It is interesting when you think of just how good each was and the gifts they possessed, that each turned out the way they did.
One sued his barber for collecting his hair and trying to sell it. He did amazing things, walked on the moon, yet, the more amazing thing he did was flying the Gemini 8 mission where a thruster locked into the open position. He somehow flew the spacecraft back to safety.
Neil Armstrong had every chance to cash in his fame and fortune for the betterment of himself, yet, he never did. Instead he remains quietly in the background, seeming to be grounded and anchored in a world that ever increasingly seems about bringing attention to self, ones brand and ones image.
There is not much to be said about Lance Armstrong. In the cycling sense, he is one of the more gifted riders in the history of the sport who spent countless hours training and perfecting his body and craft, he also got a bit of help, much like many other riders were probably doing, in bringing artificial enhancers into the competition.
I am not here to judge either of the two men, but I am making the case for the case of Tran humanism “drug” vs. “natural” sports leagues. Today, it is very easy for anyone with some talent to be elevated, paid a small fortune and set themselves up for a lifetime with little financial worry. But the larger the pot of gold, the more humans will do whatever it takes to achieve the fame and fortune that accompanies the pot. Drugs will only get better in helping people really become freaks, all one has to do is look towards the sport of bodybuilding to see the affects of too many hormones.
The ancient Romans had to keep devising new ways to keep the crowds interested in attending the events at the coliseum. Rome was the largest city in the world, and had a population that needed to be kept happy so that those with power and wealthy could enjoy remaining in their social positions. Over the years, more and more gruesome spectacles were added until the crowd became desensitized…the promoters figured out more things.
Today in modern sport, we are at the age of marketing hype and nonsense that will not hold up much longer as the curtain behind the stage comes unhinged.
You can create a “drug” vs. “natural league” and I am sure society would watch. But when you allow any amount of anything to be pumped into the human body, will you then invent a set of laws that apply to the “drugged” human? The “transhuman” legal code? Will you have to bring up a whole set of new police cruisers to hold people with superhuman strength when their minds snap? Or do you just send in the transhuman robot to subdue them. While the last paragraph might sound a bit outlandish, there will be a moment in time when this is a potential problem until the control systems of the future are in place to prevent such behavior outbursts.
This is the a serious flaw I see that is inherent with the transhumanism movement. It is that the internal elements of the human are still unknown. Yet, it is the internal elements that have to also evolve. if they don't, man will simply amplify, not really improve.
Then people might stop spending time and energy chasing the idea of happiness, and they will actually be happy. No make-up needed
Who knows what tomorrow will bring, the issues of internal vs. external with the future of technology development on humanity? Or the world of control vs. freedom and choice for a human in the future? Tune in tomorrow and see…
Yes, i do wonder how man will use all this interesting stuff. Will it be for his “self” or “all?” The choice is his to make. That is the question for all of us.