From a spiritual point of view, would humanity be better off as the "Borg Collective?"
We now have technology, or will soon have the technology to link minds, or augment our bodies with bio-electrical, bio-mechanical and nano technologies for medical purposes. How would such a mental collective effect humanity? Is this a good thing?
I don't think so. I mean, did you really find the Borg that spiritually uplifting? My grandfather was a physicist, a specialist in radiation. Back in the 1970s, I asked him what he thought about microwave ovens. His reply was, "We never know the long term affects of anything until it has been around a long time."
We've seen the long-term effects of public education that focuses on standardized learning and then standardized tests. And we've seen the long-term effects of television. In my experience, both of those are not good for spirituality or health.
My body was nearly destroyed by artificial ingredients. Now, other people are not as sensitive as I am. But we're spending a trillion dollars a year, worldwide, to try to be healthy and happy. And it isn't working.
Meanwhile, the happiest people I know are the least plugged in. Come meet us at the beach!
"The Borg Collective" a manifestation of an immense capacity for using the imagination, and taken from the series known as "Star Trek", in reality if to be possible would be an awesome ability of a species that wished to dominate the Universe and all of the intelligence in it. We, as a human species are seemingly coming closer to developing many aspects of this" fantasy", and I ask, is not realty closely linked to the imaginary? What a man can conceive in his wildest dreams , as history has shown,might one day come true. A mental collective such as that proposed by this concept, would have positive and negative effects and I suspect, in the long run, more harmful because of the standing poor record of mankind in allowing greed and hunger for power to dominate and rule over basic needs of society. I can tell that you are quite the thinker, and hope to see more interesting questions in the future.Please accept my humble opinions and forgive me if I tend to use my own wild imagination at times. Thanks.
Given the track record of every piece of techno-junque, I'd have to say "NO."
I look at it this way, everything mechanical was made after The Fall of Adam and Eve, so it's got failure built into it; the Borg would end up being the biggest failure... not to mention boring. How would HubPages be?!!
Thanks guys! We all have different opinions, and well, we are not 'Borg'.
At least not yet.
I welcome all opinions, and I personally believe that science fiction is ultimately a reflection of ourselves, not just where we are, but where are going.
The possibilities are both negative and positive....
It will be bad....ugly...
The Borgs had collective consciousness with constant supervision. It means that we will lose our right to mental freedom which indirectly means we lose every type of freedom, mental, physical, religious, and so on.
But somewhere deep in my mind, I feel that this will surely happen one day. That is the reason why they show these ideas a lot in movies, take Star Trek, Matrix, Avatar and many more. The more you see it, the more your mind starts to accept it.
I would rather face a bullet than submitting to such a system.
Love requires an interpersonal relationship--a relationship between (at least) two persons. The Borg in Star Trek are not individuals in and of themselves, and thus are not self-possessive (a Borg does not belong to himself the way a person does). And without individuality, without having yourself to give away as gift to another, there can be no love. We see this in Hugh, the Borg who was given a name and started to form loving relationships with people he considered to be friends like Geordi La Forge. It is when he knows his very self to be his own, to be an individual set apart from other individuals that he can love and really respond to the other person in another "I," another person.
We humans are made to love. We are made to be in interpersonal relationships with others. It is through self-gift given in an appropriate way given the circumstances of a relationship that helps us to know ourselves and become more truly who we are meant to be. Take away the idea that human beings are meant to love and all of the necessary presuppositions that follow from that fact, such as a person belonging to his or her own self, being an end rather than a means, he or she is him/herself and not another, and you've taken away precisely what it means to be human in the first place.
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