Transhumanism: A New Religion for the New “Elite”

Nowadays we frequently hear about virtual reality, the Metaverse, etc. It is claimed that they will accelerate the enhancement of humanity thanks to technological progress, generally aiming at man’s cognitive abilities through what they call “biotechnology.”

Joel Kotkin (American geographer and demographer) wrote a book in 2020 titled The Coming of Neo-Feudalism.

Within this book he demonstrates how, in a sense, the failure of liberal-capitalism has resurrected medieval Europe.

There’s an elite—the oligarchy—which grows richer and richer and is pleased with “globalization.”

Then there’s a shrinking middle-class and a dying working-class, both of which are heavily impacted by the very same globalization. They thus become an army of new serfs (those medieval European peasants who lived under slave-like conditions).

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This middle-class, which constitutes the majority within the West, is no longer capable of even dreaming of upward social mobility. This reality, along with demographic decline and a host of other crises, then leads to a growing disconnect further distancing the so-called elite from the masses. The latter becomes miserable and consequently embraces news forms of radicalism.

Kotkin presents numerous interesting perspectives within this work of his. The one that we’ll be focusing on in particular is how the new “faiths” or “religions” (his words) of this oligarchy, which he considers to be “high-tech feudalists,” will include (besides ecologism and wokism) what we refer to as transhumanism.

He writes in chapter 9:

Although it sounds a bit like a wacky cult, transhumanism has long exercised a strong fascination for the elites of Silicon Valley (…) the aim is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

In some ways, transhumanism seems natural for those who hold technology above all other values. It dispenses with the physical and emotional realities of belonging to a church. (…)

This new faith represents a major break with traditional religions. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam stressed the essential equality of people (at least among the faithful), and commanded acts of charity and other good deeds toward the less fortunate. These teachings would eventually feed into democratic and egalitarian thinking, particularly in the West. Equality is not something that concerns the transhumanists, though. Yuval Noah Harari sees instead a future where “a small and privileged elite of upgraded humans” gain control of society and use genetic engineering to cement the superior status of their offspring. Their aim will be not to follow God’s laws but to become gods themselves, by a kind of directed and accelerated evolution.

So transhumanism aligns perfectly with this “high-tech feudalism,” where an “enlightened” minority of technology pioneers deem themselves as being superior to the masses; to the extent that they aspire to “transcend” the very thing that links them: human nature.

Our focus here won’t be the typical liberal hypocrisy of pushing egalitarianism in the name of democratism, feminism, wokism, etc. while simultaneously reshaping themselves into “new-age gods” through biotechnology.

We’ll be demonstrating how transhumanism is in fact just another form of Satanism.

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A Brief (Not Immortal) History of Transhumanism

Generally, it is argued that transhumanism finds its roots in modern sci-fiction. But this was mere literature. There was no coherent project to practically influence human biology directly.

Others like David Livingstone links it back even further to medieval magic, such as the Jewish Kabbalah and the concept of “golems.”

Roberto Manzocco links it to ancient Mesopotamia, with the Epic of Gilgamesh and its quest for immortality.

What is glaringly obvious with transhumanists is that, despite their formal differences here and there, they all desire an immortal existence and wish to transcend death.

Oliver Krüger in his recent 2021 work on the history of transhumanism, aptly titled Virtual Immortality, says that the two traceable founders of this secular religion are Robert Ettinger and Fereidoun Esfandiary (better known as “FM-2030”). And, as we’ll see, both of these individuals were terrified of the idea of dying.

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Robert Ettinger

Ettinger is known as the father of cryogenics, which is the low-temperature freezing that is supposed to keep the human body intact so it could be “resurrected” later on. Ettinger theorized this in a 1962 book and, as part of his experiment, he even froze the bodies of his mother, his first wife and his second wife.

Krüger also reveals how another feature of Ettinger (aside from his quest for immortality) is his anti-humanism. Ettinger explicitly writes that “humanity itself is a disease” which must be transcended through technology.

Besides the strange stuff he took from the sci-fi literature of his time (“skin armor,” “electronical organs,” etc.), Krüger also notes Ettinger’s proximity with feminism as part of his idea of a new humanity.

Krüger writes on p. 70:

New sexes and new genitals are to be constructed, which would be interchangeable at will. Ettinger seeks to free women from the “disease of childbirth”, which degrades the female body to quasi slavery for almost nine months, and then further reduces it to a biological machine during breastfeeding. Instead, Ettinger imagines sexuality being freed from the burden of reproduction to instead only serve the purpose of an everlasting superorgasm (…) the combination of economic liberalism and transhumanism commonly used by today’s Extropians had in fact already been formulated by Ettinger.”

This crusade against motherhood seems to be typical radical feminist rhetoric. It’s not surprising that transhumanism embraces it alongside economic liberalism. At the end of the day all modernist ideologies are just branches of the same religion.

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Then there’s Fereidoun Esfandiary.

Fereidoun M. Esfandiary AKA “FM-2030”

He was born in Brussels (Belgium) to an Iranian diplomat. He later went on to represent his home country in various high-level sporting competitions such as the Olympics.

He had his name legally changed to “FM-2030” during the mid 1970s as he was very “optimistic” about the year 2030. He wrote:

“The name 2030 reflects my conviction that the years around 2030 will be a magical time. (…)

In 2030 we will be ageless and everyone will have an excellent chance to live forever.”

On p. 71 Krüger quotes him on the issue of death, highlighting how anxious this basic fact of life made him feel:

The most urgent problem facing us is not social – economic – political. The most pressing problem facing us all everywhere is death. All other human constraints are derivative. So long as there is death no one is free. So long as there is death we cannot upgrade the basic quality of life.

Death

As we’ve already mentioned, despite their difference in experiences and ideas, what unites all transhumanists is the fear of death. This is something universal and not restricted to these “founding fathers.” The same applies to Ray Kurzweil, Yuval Noah Harari, Aubrey de Grey (look at the titles of all of his books), etc.

Rather than becoming cognizant of their temporary existence and worshiping Allah for a guaranteed blissful afterlife, they do the exact opposite. They’d rather project themselves as being “new gods.”

In Islam, regular remembrance of death is such an established concept that there are dozens of books (both modern and classical) on this subject—On Remembering Death, for example, by Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahuLlah).

This is something based firmly on the Qur’an, the authentic Sunnah, the righteous Salaf, and the rightly-guided Imams of this Ummah. Remembering death often and reflecting upon the temporary nature of this life serves to greatly strengthen our faith.

In fact, as per the Qur’an (7:20), immortality is a trick used by Satan specifically to mislead humans:

Then Shaytan whispered to them, disclosing to them their private parts that had been concealed from them. He said, ‘Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree lest you become angels or among those who live for ever.’

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So, since French philosopher Sartre would say “existentialism is a humanism,” we can say “transhumanism is a Satanism.”

Within such a context it is thus unsurprising that some 60% of transhumanists identify as atheists. (This percentage would likely be much larger when including the many that are agnostics or those who don’t formally declare themselves as being atheists.)

Leading transhumanist journalist Zoltan Istvan wrote in 2013 for the HuffPost:

“I’m an Atheist, Therefore I’m a Transhumanist.”

After all, Satanism and atheism are strongly intertwined.

For those interested in a decisive refutation of transhumanism, both from the philosophical and scientific perspectives, an author who utilizes biology and the neurosciences as well so as to fight transhumanists on their own turf is Susan Levin (in her 2020-book Posthuman Bliss?). However, as is usually the case, a disclaimer must be made about this book which has its own issues—such as the author espousing liberal-democracy and so on.

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Adhil

And some reformists and self proclaimed mujthahids want to reform Islam to liberal standards 😂😂😂

Truth seeker

An excellent compendium of Dr. Harold Hillman’s work:

How much modern biology is a fraud?
The revolutionary work of Harold Hillman MB, BSc, MRCS, PhD, and others.
https://www.big-lies.org/harold-hillman-biology/index.html
Also: https://archive.org/details/HaroldHillman

Wee Jim

… worshiping Allah for a guaranteed blissful afterlife…

It’d be a painful mistake to do that. Worshiping god for any reason but pure devotion will get you roasting with the rest of us. Muslims should worship god with no ulterior motives. The blissful afterlife is a consequence of that worship and is far from guaranteed – people can disguise their motives from themselves and wrongly believe their love of god is pure when it is inspired by the wish for a a blissful afterlife.

Usman

Imam al-Ghazali mentions in his classic work – The Revival of Religious Sciences – that worshippers are of three types:

(1) The one who does good deeds in order to attain Paradise. These worshippers are like traders.
(2) The one who does good deeds in order to be saved from Hell-Fire. These worshippers are like slaves.
(3) The one who does good deeds just because they love Allah. These worshippers worship out of love. They are the elite. However, all three types are considered saved.

Wee Jim

I think there’s disagreement there. For example: “For instance, Islam teaches that the merit of a person’s action depends on the intention. Muslims believe that God looks at people’s hearts, not just their physical deeds. For an action to be regarded as worship, it must be performed with the pure intention of pleasing God.
and I came across a hadith(?) somewhere saying that someone who had fought and died in jihad just to be saved would not be saved.

Usman

You do not present anything solid here brother, whereas I referenced one of Islam’s greatest historical luminaries.

Zaid Diaz

Okay Chetnik dog. Whatever you blabber.

Takeshi

This blog represents Islamic values, there is no need to be disrespectful. You can criticize the message without disrespecting the messenger.

MSReader

Transhumanism if indeed ungodly. It’s rebellion against God’s order, a proclamation that God didn’t do a good enough job in creating humans, that there’s a gap that transhumanism is trying to fill.