Zeng Guofan has four famous sayings in the Advice to My Son: When you are alone in a place, you should not violate the law or discipline; Always pay attention to respect others, and you will be strong; Always deal with things in a benevolent and righteous way, and others will like you; Work hard, and God will admire you. It means that only when a person is in awe can he have a cautious attitude like walking on thin ice, restrain his behavior, keep calm, and be dependable and honest.
“The hearts of gentlemen always are filled with awe”. In traditional Chinese culture, there is a concept of awe. Awe is the most basic quality of a person’s soul, and also an indispensable fine quality of a nation. This concept is universally applicable. However, up to now, what modern people lack most is awe. We people on earth are generally careless, arrogant and willful, and do not have enough respect and awe for life and nature. There are killing in wars, terrorist attacks, pollution, natural disasters, nuclear leakage filling the earth, which undermines humans’ happiness. And the unlimited development and abuse of science and technology, intentionally or unintentionally brings humans countless disasters.
Among them, the most destructive is the unlimited development and abuse of science and technology. If it is not limited in time and allowed to develop without control, the most terrible result is that it directly leads to the extinction of mankind, and the crisis is not far ahead! This view was first put forward by Mr. Hu Jiaqi, a famous Chinese anthropologist. Mr. Hu has been engaged in the study of human issues for more than 40 years, so he as an authority is quite qualified to speak on the issue. He believes that the natural extinction of human beings is extremely far away, about billions of years later. At present, human beings are facing a more terrible threat of extinction, that is, the irrational development of science and technology. Mr. Hu Jiaqi explains the reasons from four aspects:
First, the means of extinction are inevitable. The power of science and technology is extremely huge. The improvement of human ability is calculated by million, ten million, or even thousand million times. Science and technology have also raised the self-destruction ability of human beings to an unprecedented level. A nuclear bomb can easily destroy a large city of millions of people; the biological toxin transformed by transgenic technology is more destructive than nuclear weapons. Although nuclear weapons and biological toxins can’t exterminate human beings at present, as long as science and technology don’t stop developing, they will certainly make a breakthrough and then reach a higher level. Finally, their destructive power will one day exterminate human beings.
Second, the means of extinction must be used. When science and technology produce extinction means, the corresponding technology will continue to spread, and many kinds of extinction means will appear one after another. It is easier to obtain the new extinction means which is more powerful. An individual can apply the means independently. Sooner or later extinction means will spread to people who dare to use it.
Third, the force to destroy mankind will break out unintentionally. That is to say, it will break out not only due to the intentional use of psychopaths, but also to unintentional use. The biggest characteristic of science and technology is uncertainty. The scientific and technological achievements which we often think the best are just the worst. The careless use of scientific and technological achievements and the careless operation of scientific experiments are all likely to burst out the extinction force accidentally, pushing human beings to the abyss of eternal doom.
Fourth, self-extinction is not far ahead. The real start of science and technology was the Industrial Revolution in the middle of the 18th century, only 200 years ago. It was in such short time that human beings raised science and technology from almost zero level to the level able to destroy themselves. Now, the output of science and technology is many times faster than it used to be, and it is still growing in a fission like manner. Many scientists believe that the means of extinction will appear in this century, or even in 350 years.
After reading the above points, can we easily say that Mr. Hu Jiaqi’s worry is groundless? He is an early Chinese scholar who studies the relationship between science and technology and human destiny. He often says that human beings should not be too greedy and blindly obtain from science and technology endlessly. Excessive greed will make humans pay.
On November 1, 2019, Save Human Action Organization (SHAO) has been officially established by Mr Hu Jiaqi. It is an international non-governmental organization with the mission of saving human beings from extinction. The organization is committed to promoting an awakening movement for all mankind in a peaceful way, so that all mankind generally realize that the irrational development of science and technology will soon exterminate mankind. Only by realizing the great unity of mankind, adopting power of the world regime to firmly limit the development of science and technology, can we save mankind from extinction.
All things in the world have order and measurement. The universe, stars and creatures have evolved over hundreds of millions of years by the rules. Those who go along with it will thrive and those who go against it will perish. Human beings should establish a concept of awe and follow the laws of nature. They must not act recklessly and have no bottom line. Otherwise, they will suffer the scourge. For the development of science and technology, there is a limit. As the saying goes, always with awe, humans and the world coexist.