Gods are primarily characterized by their immortality, a state of deathlessness and perpetuity of their lives. We mere humans know our mortality, a process we cannot control in each other’s lives, all too well. We can both beget and kill but cannot live forever.
Mythology is descriptive of many gods but finite and fixed in number. Reality consists of mortals, seemingly infinite in number, eking out a living in a world where we do not fully know how to reap what we sow and sow what we reap to enable us to live in perpetuity even as our numbers grow.
For men to be gods mortality must be overcome. And for mortality to be overcome man must beget man without a woman and women must beget women without a man. Biological reproduction can then be asexual and sex a sport. Man becomes the creator.
The notion that population is a problem or that it can be a resource should become irrelevant in a human condition of deathlessness and aging and reproduction at will. Then neither would population be a problem nor resources because we will then have also known better how to reap what we sow and sow what we reap to enable us to live in perpetuity (endogenized population growth rate and technical change to further lower the rate of diminishment of the stock of natural resources).
Then men can be finite and deathless. We can be gods in flesh and blood, a prospect easier said and done than living elsewhere outside the earth, in contrast to Stephen Hawking’s concerns,
because life is the least expensive and most optimized natural system and manipulating it asexually should be just as inexpensive.
Singularity of Ray Kurzweil, technically useful, is impossible without being able to first recreate human complexity in the laboratory.
The anodyne for all suffering is immortality. Not the death of desire, but the desire to live forever.
Meanwhile, the global population growth rate can be willed by law to be zero for the purpose of replacing the dead to keep the total global population, under the rubric of free migration from more populous to less populous regions of the world, constant.