“Do you believe intrinsic value is critical to the continued preservation of nature by humans? Does developing technology further push human society away from nature? If so, what are the potential long-term effects of this more extreme separation?”
Upon thinking about how I can apply this topic to my life, I’ve come to the conclusion I can relate this idea of applying intrinsic value to the preservation of nature. Specifically, I want to compare it to some of the key events that spark the conflict and background story to the conflicts that arise in the Halo game series and specifically surface in the fourth game in the series, Halo 4.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Halo, the game’s main character, Master Chief, is a genetically enhanced human in a suit of armor made for combat. His mission is to protect a chip that contains an AI that holds a wealth of human military information. The series starts off with your character finding his way on a giant, metal ring floating in space that has an earth-like terrain and atmosphere on the inside of the ring. Later on in the series you realize that the ring is actually a massive weapon capable of wiping out the galaxy it’s located in. It’s made by another alien species known as the Forerunners.
After several hours of story and game-play, you have come to realize that the Forerunners made these rings to house a certain fungi that infects all biological life and very difficult to eradicate. As it infects biological life, it starts to spread with it’s goal to spread to everything possible. The Forerunners have placed Halo rings all across the universe because at one time during the existence of everything, the Forerunners set off the rings to destroy all biological life.
The Forerunners mirror the situation the human race may eventually have to face, and that’s how they to deal with the extinction or extreme narrowing of biological life. The Forerunners actually have two options to deal with this problem. The first was to create and perfect technology that would be able to take the consciousness of their species and implant them into robots so they can be immortal and escape the curse of biotic life. The second solution was to create an index of all biotic life in the universe. Afterwards, the Halo rings would then be activated to kill all biotic life in the universe and then seeds would be spread to recreate the evolution process to remake a universe without the fungi that was originally destroying all biological life.
As it pertains to the human race, technology may lead to the ability for humans to leave our existence as beings in nature and become beings that no longer have their place in nature. At some point, a sacrifice will be need to be made in our current existence less we face a cataclysmic event that will require for us in a manner we are unprepared for. The imagination of these video game story lines helped give me insight on how these separate ideas were diverging solutions to help settle their issue with the impending doom.