He spoke of the brain as a great muscle and like the great athlete he must keep it regularly trained and fed with the right food. He believes that there is so much more that the brain can accomplish, and he believes that in the future there will be a new era where humans do perform way beyond the way we live now.
I have also started to read a book called ‘the sapiens’. It explores the experience of humans from earliest beginnings through to today and then proceeds to talk of a new era of super human functioning. In one sense we can’t fight the evolutionary story of humanity’s long history. And what lies ahead is in many ways beyond our control.
‘Whatever will be will be’.
However, this is not to say that we cannot have some input.
I find there are numerous questions that need to be asked. Hawkins speaks of performance enhancing drugs despite the world of sport expressing wide spread condemnation of such practices. While in this case it might not be for the same reason, in sport the concern is also for the health of the partaker.
So far, we have witnessed mind-altering drugs and still carry significant concerns for the detrimental outcomes still displayed. Most don’t argue against drugs for medicinal purposes, yet when they replace human responsibility for our life and actions then I deeply question their place in life.
I have held reservation for the place of astronomy – as in star signs – in our life for they place outcomes in the hands of forces beyond our sense of responsibility for our own life. A principle of spirituality is to embrace the responsibility for all life, the functioning of our mind and will. To jettison this responsibility is to be spiritually negligent.
THE MIND OF CHRIST
As a Christian we are to reflect upon this contemporary development promoted by Stephen Hawkins against the backdrop of some of the most profound words of our scripture. Let me share the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians chapter 2.
“If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love persuades you at all, or the spirit that we have in common…. then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind…..In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.”
To function in a so called super human way by taking a regular daily dose of a ‘super brain enhancing drug’, is one thing, but the disciple of Christ is not called to treat the brain merely as if not much more than Artificial Intelligence, or a super brilliant computer.
Its purpose is to fulfil experience of what the whole human spirit is capable of being; loving, merciful, truthful, just and free…Its ultimate capacity is to be in harmony with the mind of God.
Paul explains in his letter to the Romans:
“Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your mind be transformed by the renewal of your mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.”
I repeat the words in Philippians
“In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.”
This is the vision of baptism. Baptism is the means we enter the mind and spirit of the risen Jesus. As parents and God-parents we celebrate with you, Trifon and Danielle, in your commitment to hold this vision before you as you raise your precious son.
As the congregation of Holy Trinity we share that commitment and offer ourselves to support you in this glorious journey in what way you would wish.