Second Nature Home > Short Essays by Dan Bruiger >

Nature of Power

All power comes down to the power of mind to decree its independence of the body, to rule its own proper kingdom. This is what marks the passion for technology as idealism in both the normative and descriptive senses, and gives it a religious, even fanatical, flavor. Men are virtually driven to become “as the gods,” creating from scratch their own artificial world. And that is a timeless world in which they already rule, in thought long before its technological fruition. At its core, this dream bears the promise of eternity and omnipotence. This is far from hyperbole, though not so far from blasphemy. While dreams of ultimate power are the clichés of science fiction and horror, they are also the unconscious motor of male-dominated culture at large.

RELATED TAGS: [passion for technology, normative idealism, religion and technology, artificial world/planet, omnipotence, power of mind, mind over matter]

© Copyright Dan Bruiger 2008. All rights reserved.