Pivotal Blocks: An Early Reflection on Transhumanism

A short writing on an early vision of transhumanism.

One night, when I was probably 6 years of age, I woke in the middle of the night.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to go outside, into the darkness.  Strangely, I felt no fear to walk into the darkness, that monster playground which remains so dense with evil creatures of a child’s imagination.  I slowly walked outside and saw the stars over my head.  The whole Milky Way galaxy stretched overhead like snow in a crystal ball, so pure and bright.  I was forced to stand in awe of its beauty and expanse which filled the night sky.

The next day, when I tried to remember what I witnessed the previous night, it was difficult to determine if I was actually awake or dreaming; after all, I didn’t remember going back to sleep after standing on the front porch admiring the night.  Now that I look back, I don’t think it mattered which state of reality I was in at that moment.  I believe the purpose of the vision was to instill a sense of wonder and hope that the universe was much larger than any of us might ever imagine.  With the sense of smallness I experienced when measured against the vast stars, I felt anything but doubt.  In fact, I had a feeling wash over me that gave me a sense of purpose.  It was almost a feeling of greatness that could transcend distance and time.

What I felt was a sense of duty to play a small role in the betterment of mankind.  It was as if the story of mankind’s potential lie in the stars and I was destined to play a small role in this great collective of humankind.  Much like a smooth block of stone is fitted into a pyramid, I now consider myself a small block in the betterment of mankind.  I, like many others that have come before me, would like to help support greater and greater elements of greatness that will eventually form a pinnacle.  Like many other transhumanists with the future in mind, I envision those elements as technology and increasing logic and reason.

Even if I may seem to possess an air of self-centered omniscience, on the contrary, I will never claim to know everything.  I am just a tiny block in the great scheme of existence.  Therefore, my purpose, although small, still remains.  Besides, to live with a sense of purpose is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

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About Manny Garza

After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.