When one thinks of a world that is found through science, and developed through scientific ideals, one would assume that it is technologically advanced, right?
One would naturally assume that Shiloh, being an advanced physicist and an avid theorist of string theory, also believed that technology was the way to go when creating a brand new society, which was supposed to be ideal – a utopia of sorts. That there would be flying cars, and hover boards, and perhaps tampons that did not leak, and food that never went bad, and even tattoos that could be moved from place to place on the body or removed. Perhaps one might assume that immortality would become the norm, and that babies would no longer be carried by humans, but created through virtual wombs. Better yet, perhaps one may have thought that the weather would be controlled by satellites, and that flying machines would be spread all over the sky, transporting people from place to place within minutes.
But that would be false thinking on one’s part. Who would lead the flock if the flock were made of leaders? There could be only 1, and thus the world had to be created through his vision, rather than the combined visions of others.
Too many times rapid technological advancements have caused humans to forget about their humanity. The industrial revolution provoked nearly a century of anxiety within British culture, though it sparked a great race for success – and greed – in America. The internet changed the game for everyone, invading every aspect of human life, taking away tangible human connection and replacing it with screens and text.
Yet human ambition on a technological scale is a wonder to watch and experience.
There has to be balance.
There can be technological advancements through medicine, but not to the extent that life is prolonged for too long of a time. There should be advancements to building tools and materials, so that living spaces feel safe, more like “homes” than mere houses, and clothing is simpler to make and distribute to all, and food is easier to process and make healthier. Transportation is only needed to a small extent when within specific boundaries. What need is there for flying and traveling when there is no place to go?
The technology of Temple is there to make daily life’s burdens easier, and thus life in Temple ideal. If life in Temple is ideal, there will be no questioning or wandering what exactly is beyond its boundaries. That’s the hope, after all, of the great physicist. Give them enough and they will prosper, he knows, but give them too much, and they will flounder.
Perhaps the greatest innovation in Temple is the genetic mutation Shiloh created when he began testing the natural honey found near the gardens. It already had special qualities of its own, and was so pure that it didn’t need too much additional modification. All Shiloh did was turn it into a commodity by changing its properties, and attaching them to human longevity and health. Technology thus became a tool of control. Isn’t that what it was in the old world, one might pugnaciously ask?
Indeed. But not even the chosen one can let go of human ambition.
There’s a devil inside of each of us. Technology gives it a way out.
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