Science fiction and weapons design
Science fiction and its deeper literary, psychological and social meanings and warnings. A species in self denial.
I have come to believe that we are a complex macroparasite (needing more than one host to survive) that is about to destroy its host. Its destruction will be the end of us. We will realize this when we destroy the host, which is our planet, because it will become impossible for us to deny our dependence on its existence.
Unfortunately, it will be too late. What is even more unfortunate is that our individual and collective egos will not permit us to realize the consequences of our actions before it’s too late.
I am wondering if all of our science fiction narratives about invading alien forces coming to exterminate us and use our resources are our collective subconscious realization we don’t want to accept: that we would be willing to conquer and destroy other worlds in order to use their resources.
Is our fear of the ultimate unknown (THE ALIEN LIFE FORM, AS A LITERARY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT) creating a subconscious suggestion that once we destroy this world, if we could, we should build ships and conquer other planets, other galaxies and other dimensions and kill their inhabitants, without guilt, without remorse. Like we are doing on this planet. A collective consensus, agreed upon via a fictional narrative, to acquire a new host.
Is this kind of science fiction narrative a subconscious linguistic, moralistic and psychological attempt to justify our violent nature. Is this the biggest denial in the history of our species’ psychology.
That is what I have come to believe. Yes, that we are so unwilling and unable to take responsibility for our actions and modify our behavior that we would be willing to prepare ourselves, through our global collective narratives, to invade foreign planets in order to exterminate their inhabitants and use their resources
Is it really that hard to imagine it. We know we will not be able to continue on this path but deep down we are convinced that we do not need to master our ego. We are so convinced we are the good guys that even though we are killing the very host that is required for our survival we are unable to accept the consequences of our actions.
WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT THAT WE ARE DESIGNING AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WE DO NOT NEED. WE MUST KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAN BE IMAGINED THEY MUST NOT BE DESIGNED AND BUILT BECAUSE OUR INTELLIGENCE AND PSYCHE ARE NOT READY FOR THEM.
WE CAN BUILD THEM BUT WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEM. WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT THAT WE MUST STOP CREATING THOSE TECHNOLOGIES.
YES, I AM TALKING ABOUT WEAPONS OF ALL KINDS. SO BECAUSE WE CANNOT FIND A TRULY MEANINGFUL JUSTIFICATION FOR THEIR EXISTENCE OR USE WE HAVE INVENTED THE ULTIMATE ENEMY. THE ALIEN.
Perhaps we wish there were evil aliens so we could destroy them before they destroy us, thus once again never having to examine our true nature, not even through fiction.
You see, perhaps we are the only evil thing in the universe but are unwilling to consider that possibility and that is why we feel the need to perpetuate narratives in which we can fight THE IMAGINARY EVIL ALIEN. We are entitled to use our weapons to destroy them because they might destroy us.
A narrative of destruction.
But the reality is ‘ALIEN’ does not mean ‘A THREAT’.
We must not continue to recreate destructive narratives. We must examine the science fiction genre and use the results of that examination to change our ignorant and immature perceptions of ourselves and the universe. It is very hard to do so because our attempts to create meaningful fiction, like our attempts to create anything else, are driven by the desire to create money. Unfortunately that prevents us from realizing certain truths, therefore it prevents us from creating what we really need.
Tools with which to alter and expand our minds. Not tools with which to construct more weapons.
The science fiction genre should become one of those tools.
And, while I do love the science fiction genre, please consider the
deeper psychological origins of the genre’s narrative purpose, and its often naïve and simplistic treatment of the universe and our human ambitions, the desire to destroy, to control. The notion that we are not a part of the universe and that the universe is out to get us.
Please consider the nature of your research and please consider the end objective of your research.
In the end, that consideration and your decision whether or not to proceed with you research is the only thing that might save us from self destruction.