The Christian and the Post-Capitalist Dystopia

“The world we live in, is in a rather slow-burning recession, while at the very same time, the increase in concentration in the IT sector, is creating the new technologies that will do that that the left has failed to do — overthrow capitalism. It’s that simple.” — Yanis Varoufakis at the New School, April 25, 2016 [1].

The year is 2100. The economic system as we know it is no more. The geographical boundaries that segregated people dissolved. There is no more work to do. All production is managed and executed by artificial intelligence that manufactures and maintains itself.

And humanity as a whole?

We’ve advanced in all aspects of academia. Humanity has excelled in the humanities and the sciences. The scientific inquiry has given us great insight into the physical universe. Robotic expeditions have ventured to the edges of the interstellar space and the cure for all incurable diseases has been found. Robots are working on its next big project on behalf of humanity — global interstellar migration. And the future of humanity is as bright as it could ever be.

There is no need for education. There is no need for certification. All that one needs to do is to accept the Global System and to abide by its terms and conditions. All who goes against it will be charged with subversion. There will be no need for religion. There will be no need for personal pursuits. All things that are not recognised by the system will be deemed as untrue. All things that are not quantifiable will be seen as blasphemy.

Under this system, all of humanity will be united as one. Every need will be met and there is no needy person on the streets. All needs will be cared for by robots that distributed food and necessities at request. There is absolutely no need for work. There is no need for money. There is no need for purpose. There is no need for order.

Suicide and depression are at its highest. But there’s no need for police or doctors. Mobile emergency response systems are programmed to respond to a tragedy of this sort; if this is even considered a tragedy.

Humanity does all that they wanted. All manifestations of rights are upheld. There is no need for governance. There is no need for authority. Each individual is their own authority. There is no need for family. There is no need for interpersonal relationship. There is no need for reproduction. There is no need for life.

In an imaginary dystopian world like this, what will you, as a Christian, do?

Will you insist on working when robots can do better than you?
Will you insist on interpersonal relationships when the virtual reality can satisfy all your needs?
Will you insist on forming a family even when the entire community may mock you for doing so?
Will you insist on offering assistance to a needy human being even when all forms of artificial intelligence can provide the necessary assistance they need?
Will you insist on breaking away from the mundane and engage the key purpose of life — loving another human being?
Will you farm when AI can provide all your material needs through genetic modification?
Will you choose life when everyone around you chooses death?
Will you hold on to the promise of eternity when the world blasphemes against it?
Will you choose life even if it meant death?

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man (or humanity’s number). That number is 666.
— Revelations 13:15-18, NIV.

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