Technology



So, in the world of Warhammer 40K, a sci-fi universe, there's a group called the Adeptus Mechanicus which are basically tech-worshiping cultists that are dedicated to the preservation and gathering of technology and knowledge. They consider human and organic life to be naturally inferior to technology and mechanical creations, they go so far as to replace organs and parts of their bodies with machine and tech parts to better understand the technological world and the workings of things like computers. Their leader is basically no longer human, only having a human heart and brain, as far as I can figure. They also use modified and lobotomized humans as slaves and test subjects if need be.

One of the main objectives of this cult is the preservation of ancient technology---in this world that means anything from a toaster or computer to massive mechs, spaceships, laser death rays, teleporters and other kinds of hulking warmachines---a goal they take completely seriously and with a deep spiritual reverence, as you would imagine. Though they have a strange understanding of them. To a Tech-priest---and all other members of human society---a gun does not work simply because of the mechanism within it or the bullet or even physics, they're important to a degree but the main reason that that gun works is because there is a little spirit inside it and it is angry enough to fire. The same thing with cars or spaceships or plumbing or light-bulbs and so on. It has nothing to do with how a machine operates, but the will of the Machine God and his servants as well as the proper rituals being done before it is turned on. Meaning that if a light-bulb goes off in your house, you're going to have to get out your incense and prayer book, say a few incantations and praise the Machine God before the screw a new damn bulb in the socket. If you don't, the bulb might explode and burn the whole city down.

"What the hell does any of this have to do with anything?" you might be asking. Well, I was just thinking that the practices of the Adeptus Mechanicus, while outrageous and ridiculous to say the absolute least, aren't too far from how we see modern technology today, in the real world. I mean, do you really know how an iphone or a computer or a T.V works? Could you pull one open and fix it if you needed to? Or is it more like some kind of strange black magic that you use but in no way understand? Compare that to a few decades ago when everything was analog and simple to understand if you got down to it.

And, also, don't we have a kind of Mechanicus right now? When your phone or whatever brakes don't you take it to some random guy who, for all you know, takes it in the back room, says some incantations and magically brings it back to you shiny and new working?
I think the misunderstanding and ignorance of how these kinds of advanced machines work is a big problem and one that might very will lead to something similar to a Mechanicus---if a little less violent---coming about, especially if we ever get into space and are isolated from Earth for long periods of time.

Of course, just a thought and not really a fleshed out one but it was something I found interesting.

Let me know what you think, my fellow human beings. Do you think I'm right? Do you not care? Do you just want to talk about Warhammer 40K? Either way, I'm all for it.

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