Depravity at the Top and in Deep-Space

EFF Bezos is a man with success, influence, and a ton of power. As the long-form article in The Atlantic says, the Amazon founder and CEO, is fixated on the future, because, “he knows it belongs to him.” Adding to his near deity description, the article says his ambition for colonizing space “may remake the heavens.”

I’m thankful the accolades are mixed with warning, oultining how so much power should not be invested in any one person, particularly not one whose position requires no public vote. Bezos wields more influence than most politicians. The article explains how Bezos’s company “has become the shared national infrastructure; it shapes the future of the workplace with its robots; it will populate the skies with its drones; its website determines which industries thrive and which fall to the side.”

One of the many things that stood out in the piece was Bezos’s hopes for space colonization. He predicts that living environments in space will lead to large scale advances in the human race. “We can have a trillion humans in the solar system, which means we’d have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins,” Bezos said, “This would be an incredible civilization.”

This is one of those great cultural examples of the necessity of theology. Without a doctrine of human sinfulness to mitigate both human ambition and technological optimism, we are setting ourselves up for disaster. Whether in space or in a corporate office, our sin nature will affect everything we do. And without a doctrine of redemption, we will drown in our despair and empty brown boxes.