Transhumanism and the Happiness Conspiracy
Recently, Pam discovered a book that has been sitting in our bookshelves for many years, bought perhaps from an airport bookshop. It is “Happiness: understanding an endangered state of mind“, written by a little-known psychologist, John F. Schumaker.
In it we found the following statement about transhumanism, written just under 30 years ago.
“Futurists sometimes disagree that we must completely revamp our culture and its norms in order to stay alive to happiness, and to safeguard survival. They speculate that continuing advances in technology are going to result in a ‘transhuman happiness’ that no longer has anything to do with our original natures. The World Transhumanist Association defines transhumanism as ‘a philosophy which advocates the use of technology to overcome our biological limitations and transform the human condition’. Some transhumanists envision neurotechnology that would allow us to manipulate the brain’s pleasure centres to enhance the quality of the emotions, and to lock us into never ending states of happiness. They see this virtual happiness being enhanced in ways that allow us to transcend humanity, such as the eradication of all aging, disease and infirmity”.
He then states the obvious:
“Even if this happiness were to become a reality, it would no longer be happiness in the traditional sense of the word. Being detached from the negative emotions and the periods of non-happiness that incubate happiness, it would be a one-dimensional experience devoid of all meaning outside of itself. The last thing we need is for happiness to become even less meaningful than it is today.”
And he goes on:
“Research with university students in the United States shows that as many as 60% of them feel as though they are in an ‘existential void’, a finding that is often blamed on the joint effects of consumerism and narcissism. This percentage is not quite as high among young people in Europe, but it is increasing as consumption continues to become the hub of meaning. Therefore, as a society we need to shift our educational approaches in order to attach greater value to the achievement of a meaningful life, rather than merely ‘making it’. As part of this, educators must reintroduce life’s ‘Big Questions’ into the curricula, since happiness that avoids all the big questions is no happiness at all…
Part of the challenge ahead is to promote what Canadian psychologist Richard Bucke called ‘cosmic consciousness’ in his 1902 book by the same title. This involves the person having a broad worldview and a high level awareness of one’s unity with the universe. Like the Eastern concept of enlightenment, it delivers a type of happiness that stems from intellectual illumination, heightened moral sensibilities, and a life founded on compassion and love. Those who are calling for a greater emphasis on ‘meaningful happiness’ argue similarly that true happiness depends on life philosophies that can return to us a sense that we are connected spiritually to the world and all its creatures.”
In the almost thirty years since this was written, we now have the truly delusional and demonic ideas of transhumanism elevated to official dogma by the World Economic Forum, influencing the elites from nearly every country in the world.
Take it from the horse’s mouth – Noah Harari:
The following, from Schumaker’s 1994 book, is a PERFECT characterisation of where we stand today:
“It is an unfortunate reality that we live in a world that predisposes people to be depressed, stressed, hurried, materialistic, discontented, greedy, needlessly complicated, narcissistic, bored and indifferent, fearful, lonely, alienated, rageful spiritually starved, uncharitable, under-touched, play deprived dance deprived, sleep deprived, intellectually dull, divorced from curiosity and creativity, removed from nature, desperate for intimacy, adrift from family and friends, existentially confused, physically unfit, and enslaved to debt. Almost every aspect of the modern way of life diminishes our chances of meaningful happiness.”
But he finishes on an upbeat note:
“I believe that a heart-felt happiness is beyond the reach of most people who regard consumer culture to be their psychological home. The search for happiness has become the search for a new psychological and cultural home. Happiness, maybe an endangered state of mind, but at least it is a renewable resource that can stage a comeback if, as a society we rediscover what it means to live a human being“.
Here is a video that was made a few years ago.
The following article is more recent and is from November, 2020
One thought on “Transhumanism and the Happiness Conspiracy”
Thank you for sharing this. This is a better explanation of Covid hysteria
than so-called “mass formation/psychosis.” Makes me think of those mentioned in Revelation who “liveth and loveth a lie” and will not be allowed in the city of God. They share company with murderers and the decadent. I am a mental health professional and I will be looking up Mr. Schumaker.