My wife knows at least two things about the Christmas presents she will receive in the morning: first, she will receive a firewire; and second, she does not want a firewire. Well, she doesn't really know what a firewire is, yet. It began as a new word in the subject line of an email that she saw over my shoulder. It became something to ask her friends about. Currently, it is perhaps a cable for a bigger computer monitor, or maybe something that would enable her to share recorded video on multiple televisions ... but not something she really wants.
She really wants to be able to edit home videos. She knows she needs software for this, and hinted to me this interest. As it turns out, however, we already have the software. What we did not have is a way of transferring video from her camcorder to the computer. That's where a firewire can be useful, and I suspect she'll end up wanting it when she understands how it may help her.
This evening, if we turn our hearts and minds to Christ then it is because we feel and understand how he will help us get what we really want, beyond death and hell.
Not all of us feel or understand Christ. Despite wanting something like immortality and eternal life, and despite knowing something about possible technical enablers for the approach to fulfilling such desires, some do not want Christ. Christ began as a new word, became something to ask friends about, and currently is perhaps a galactic tyrant or maybe a historic fraud ... not something we really want.
For the pursuit of life, we know we need genetics, nanotech and robotics. As it turns out, information technology is trending toward enabling them. What is more difficult to discern is whether we are trending toward being the kind of community that chooses to use technology charitably. That's where Christ can be useful.
From the manger through the garden and cross to the heavens, Christ assures his disciples' hope in a better world. This hope was not new to early Christians, but rather the gospels were for them the latest and grandest confirmation of hope inherited from their ancestors. This hope moved them, as today it moves so many of us to teach of and engage in the work of God toward immortality and eternal life. I suspect more of us will end up wanting Christ when we understand how he may help us.
Merry Christmas, Transhumanists!