There is no mystery about the origin of BHG – Bacterium homo grǣdigus in case you have forgotten. Well, there was this animal, now called Homo sapiens, that stood up on two upright legs, liberating its arms and fingers, and carried an elevated big brainy head observing all around it. It became a human being. These Homo sapiens already were what we later called God, except that they did not know it. They were superbly equipped to conquer nature in its entirety.
Yuval Noah Harari, in his two books Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, has remarkably recounted the evolution of the human species. He reached a well-reasoned convincing conclusion, as I understand it, that human beings have always been God. In the past we failed to perceive our own power. So we invented an imaginary supreme authority and called it God. This God helped the multiple claimants of that position to maintain some order in society, and thus human beings proliferated.
Some were of the opinion that we human beings were born from a virus transmitted by a meteorite. Darwin postulated that we originated from chance genetic combinations together with pressure from natural selection. The Frenchman, Lamarck, concluded that human beings were born from a voluntary adaptation. Then there were those who were of the opinion that human beings issued from the necessity to surpass all other animals so that they could eat them. For Hindus, these human-like gods have always existed; they just continue to reincarnate. Middle Eastern humans set up their own separate God and used its authority to govern the quarrelsome people, often fighting for leadership. The successors of that ideology authorized themselves in the name of this God to acquire a total control over almost the entire world and nature. Another people from a different part of the world are now following a similar track.
Since those times, the span of human life has doubled. At what astronomical cost and detriment to Earth? All the past wise humans must be turning in their graves, horror-struck with nightmares, when they know that the high-tech titans like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon want to make BHG, human beings, eternal, just like the God we had imagined previously; no ageing, no getting sick, no death. For the mathematician, Peter Thiel, death is simply a technical problem that the computer power will sort out shortly. People like Mark Zuckerberg are investing millions to eradicate all diseases. Google’s California Life Company has a similar objective of escaping ageing. It does not matter at what cost, these obsessed “thanatophobes” want to live forever, perfectly divine, free from reincarnation. One wonderful gift: there will be no need to pray and pay to some imaginary divinities of the past. Such glorious eternal life is expected to start in 2045 according to one expert. I won’t make it.