What say you to the idea that we are now no more, no greater, than reductively technological as beings? We are the “lesser than” species. And this species does not know liberty.
Listen, an argument regarding the liberty to make certain choices: with biomedical advances we could choose the sex of our children. If we say “yes” to this technology then we are left with the concern that so many “free choices” by so many free actors choosing a single sex can lead to an imbalance and possibly to a kind of biological disaster. Well, then, we say, we must allow this free choice but because some outcome seems detrimental we must now create a regulation, a socially responsible “unfreedom” that will serve to manage against this outcome and so we create “sex choice” quotas wherein some may choose the gender of a child and some may not.
There should be many examples listed before I end with this assertion: A Technological Being can only be a Slave. Technologies breed faster than bunnies and do not yield solutions but rather continually offer further complications.
When are we not slaves to the state? Hmmm. That’s hard one.
When I go off-line, trek to open unclaimed land, squat, and survive by nature…I am free of all but subsistence necessity.
You are surrounded by the enemy–I am using a weapon of the enemy. I should be still and silent and sing a song that only those nearest me can hear. Or I should crush leaves and grasses and make my own paper and write my life upon my own made thing.
photo credit: Princeton Papyri