If what author Dan Brown asserts is true, then, world, prepare for bad times:
Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.
“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.”
Mr. Brown exhibits the same fundamental error as true Marxists, socialists in general, and the modern morphism of the Democrat Party: Who, precisely, among is is worthy to rule?
Pardon what they must think is my red-state ignorance of sophisticated things, but let me smack them up side the head with some awful but experience-verified Bible truth: there is a whole lot of nasty sin running amok in that there collective conscientiousness. Where would it go? Brown wishes that “Our need for that exterior god…will diminish and eventually disappear.”
I hope not: it is the restraining blessing of the Holy Spirit that keeps us from WW III, World War M, and World War Z. You libertarian agnostic gun owners think I’m being Christian-trite and corny? Consider this little problem.
Why is murder “wrong”? On what basis can you assert that murder merits punishment? Purely on the basis of “order”? I think not; we know from experience that order may be imposed brutally, arbitrarily and without justice. There is no need punish only the guilty; if merely imposing order is the goal, then punishing anyone suffices, and lying to the public about catching the guilty is justified, too. And murder (and gun ownership) might be considered “wrong” only because such crimes violate the higher morality: the claimed monopoly of the state on any form of violence, including self-defense.
Murder is wrong only because God said so. We in the modern USA may no longer believe in Him, but we continue to live in relative peace, order, and liberty solely because we persist in the blessings inherent in recognizing His Truths as incorporated into our form of government by our Founders who were more wise than Mr. Brown.
Okay, I’ll get off of the Christian-sounding stuff, and pose this little problem to you: In a world where there is no higher authority than mankind, whom do you trust to make new rules and enforce them?
Mr. Brown, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. You are not going to clean up the human race simply by collecting all of that consciousnesses, now are you?
Mr. Brown sounds a lot like Mr. Marx. I am beginning to suspect his motive for writing his novels was more than big bucks.