Transhumanist Wants to Hack Your Kids
If you thought transhumanism was a topic earmarked for adult minds, think again, because Yuval Noah Harari and his “husband,” Itzik Yahav, have found a creative way to present their beliefs to children. Through their global organization, Sapienship, they are developing stories and educational tools that tackle such controversial subjects as humankind’s kinship with apes, the evils of corporations, and the “fairy tales” of religion. Unstoppable Us: How Humans Took Over the World, is Harari’s first book for children. Released in October 2022, it’s just one volume of a four-part series that will explore the superpowers of humans and the myths they believe, as well as their fate on planet Earth.
An outspoken and unapologetic homosexual, Harari believes it’s time to enlighten 10-to-14-year-olds with information that usually ends up in the hands of college students, philosophers, evolutionary scientists, atheists, and global authorities. As a professor, historian and author of four best-selling books, titled Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind; Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow; 21 Lessons for the 21st Century; and Sapiens: A Graphic History, Harari is no stranger to fame. In fact, his opinions are highly prized by such leaders and influencers as Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and World Economic Forum founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab.
Many of Harari’s ideas are in alignment with Schwab’s vision of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which “will change not only what we do but also who we are. It will affect our identity and all the issues associated with it: our sense of privacy, our notions of ownership, our consumption patterns. … It is already changing our health and leading to a ‘quantified’ self, and sooner than we think it may lead to human augmentation.”
Harari believes that the biological revolution is merging with the information revolution, declaring: “You can really summarize 150 years of biological research since Charles Darwin in three words: organisms are algorithms … that organisms, whether viruses, or bananas, or humans — they are really just biochemical algorithms — and we are learning how to decipher these algorithms.”
Thus, Harari asserts that humans are hackable animals on the same level as viruses and bananas. Furthermore, in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, he insists that many of the dogmas that humans believe in, such as Christianity, democracy and capitalism, are imagined orders. Of course, this same philosophy will be passed on to children in his latest book, which is meant to be an adapted version of Sapiens. This is why urgent prayer and intercession is needed for the youth in our nation and the world as these philosophies are being pushed in elementary/secondary schools, universities, the media, the entertainment field, and everyday culture.
Harari’s website describes Unstoppable Us this way:
“From the savannahs of Africa to the ice caps of Greenland, humans rule planet Earth. We are all-conquering and insatiable, most creative and most destructive. But how did we get to be so powerful? Unstoppable Us reveals that humans have a superpower, and that we’ve used it to create strange and mysterious things — from ghosts and spirits to governments and corporations. Follow the journey of ancient humans out of Africa, and on the way, find out how fire shrank our stomachs, what the game of football tells us about being human, and why money is the most successful fairy tale ever. This is epic history as you’ve never seen it before, with dwarves, giant snakes, a Great Lion Spirit that lives above the clouds, and the finger of a 50,000-year-old child revealing mysteries of human origins.”
Harari hopes to use books like Unstoppable Us to reach kids before they’ve become bogged down with too many man-made ideas and traditions. He explains: Adults already believe too much nonsense about the past. Adults believe in all kinds of fairy tales about gods, about nations, about money. Making them let go of these fairy tales is very difficult. It’s easier with kids. They haven’t heard all these fairy tales yet. They are more open. It’s easier to explain what money is and what religion is to people who are ten years old than to people who are 50 years old. And it’s also more important because the people who will change the world aren’t 50 — they are ten.
Harari’s agenda has been revealed — get the children while they are impressionable and moldable — and, most importantly, before they have developed their beliefs about God. Of course, this should be no surprise, because Harari has made his views on God very clear through his books as well as his public appearances. In a 2018 interview, he was asked: “Do you believe in God?” He answered: “No — the word is problematic. There are two kinds of gods in the world, and people tend to mix them. There is one god named ‘mystery god,’ about which we know nothing. The chief characteristic of this god is that he is mysterious and humans can’t understand him, or her, or it — and I’m perfectly happy with this god. Then there is a completely opposite kind of god — the concrete, lawgiver god, and about this god we know far too much. We know exactly what this god thinks about female fashion, about human sexuality, about who you should vote for in elections.”
Later, he states that it’s this “law-giving kind of god” that he doesn’t believe in. On a Talks at Google interview, Harari went a step further by declaring: “All these stories about Jesus rising from the dead and being the son of God, this is fake news.”
Harari doesn’t gloss over the fact that he rejects any god (such as Jesus Christ) who places boundaries (laws) upon him. His books for adults drive this point home over and over, as he tries to rationalize with people who have already formed their beliefs and opinions. But he believes this new series of books can reach young minds at just the right time. This raises the question: What other issues are important to Harari, and would he include those topics as well?
One doesn’t have to look far to find out the answer to this question, because Harari has much to say about one particular subject that directly affects his personal life: homosexuality. In Sapiens, Harari explains: “Biology enables men to enjoy sex with one another — some cultures forbid them to realize this possibility. Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural. But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible is by definition also natural. A truly unnatural behavior, one that goes against the laws of nature, simply cannot exist, so it would need no prohibition.”
It’s important to remember that Harari does not believe in a law-giving god when reading his words from an article written for the Guardian in 2017: “What is a religion if not a big virtual reality game played by millions of people together? Religions such as Islam and Christianity invent imaginary laws, such as ‘don’t eat pork,’ ‘repeat the same prayers a set number of times each day,’ ‘don’t have sex with somebody from your own gender’ and so forth. These laws exist only in the human imagination. No natural law requires the repetition of magical formulas, and no natural law forbids homosexuality or eating pork. … As religions show us, the virtual reality need not be encased inside an isolated box. Rather, it can be superimposed on the physical reality. In the past this was done with the human imagination and with sacred books. … To the best of our scientific knowledge, human life has no meaning. The meaning of life is always a fictional story created by us humans.”
In Unstoppable Us, Harari finds a simple way to teach his concept of imaginary laws to children by comparing God to a Great Lion Spirit on pages 48–50. In this excerpt he makes his point: “If you say, ‘The Great Lion Spirit wants everyone to stand on one foot,’ then a thousand people will stand on one foot. If you say, ‘The Great Lion Spirit wants everyone to wear an empty coconut shell on their head,’ then a thousand people will wear empty coconut shells on their heads!”
To bring in the idea of homosexuality, Harari writes on pages 87 and 89 of Unstoppable Us: “Nowadays, some people have one partner for their entire life, some have many partners, and some remain single. In a few countries, one man can be married to several women at the same time. In other countries, two women can get married to each other, and so can two men. … Bonobo (chimpanzee) girls don’t dream about marrying a handsome prince — they’d usually prefer a cool girlfriend!”
Judging from these excerpts and quotes, it’s apparent that Harari believes religion teaches fictional rules that are part of a big game. Therefore, the rules God set in place regarding homosexuality are imaginary. Interestingly enough, though Harari rejects God’s laws, which he insists come from man, he wants children to embrace the man-made laws of evolution. Unstoppable Us focuses on accepting these evolutionary ideas, while spurning notions of religion.
Many people might not be concerned about Harari’s books for children, because they don’t believe the books will end up in the hands of many kids anyway. Perhaps they will collect dust on a bookshelf, only to be read by the occasional youth who stumbles upon them. Such people need to think again, because Harari and his publishers have plans to get their books into the hands of educators. To broaden the impact, they will be offering interactive digital workshops that are based on the books and which can be utilized by elementary and middle schools. Guidelines and step-by-step lessons will be provided for educators so that they can teach what it ostensibly means to be human, as well as the supposed mysteries of human history. As Harari puts it, people are prisoners of stories invented by dead people from the past. The point of learning history is not to remember it, but to be liberated from it. He asserts that these lessons will help “unburden children from the past.” After all, he says, “If anyone is going to change the world, it is the children.”
While Harari is correct in pointing out that children can change the world, this is certainly not by denying that God exists or by defying His laws. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, sings the praises of God’s word, comparing the commandments to fine gold.
In Sapiens, Harari praises Buddhism because he claims it liberates people from their feelings, leading them to serenity. Of course, this is because Buddhism teaches about a mysterious, unknowable, impersonal god who doesn’t address sin or give laws. Harari practices Vipassana, which is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. When questioned about this “religious practice,” Harari claims he isn’t trying to get in touch with any particular force or god, but rather to get in touch with himself.
Will the traditions of Buddha be taught in Harari’s books for children? How will his ideas on transhumanism and artificial intelligence be illustrated? The Sapienship website says: “Each volume will explore a different stage in the story of humankind — from the cognitive revolution to the future scenario of hacking humans.”
It’s worth noting that Harari is also an avid climate-change activist who supports the World Economic Forum’s COVID narrative. Additionally, Harari and his “husband” have donated $1 million to the World Health Organization’s solidarity fund. How could this be used to influence children and their ideas about the world? The grand scope of this remains to be seen, as three more books have yet to be written and released in this series. The next volume will cover the Agricultural Revolution.
In the meantime, it is imperative for Christians to pray that Unstoppable Us be stopped in its tracks by the God Harari refuses to acknowledge — Jesus Christ. We also pray for a miraculous transformation in Harari’s heart: Lord Jesus, as You did with Saul, who became Paul, unblind Harari’s eyes so he may know the truth that You are the law-giving God Who died on the cross for mankind’s sins!
Harari has the ear of many global leaders and also of many in the scientific and academic communities. His books promote atheism, homosexuality, evolution, and transhumanism. As we see all these things being promoted in our schools, we must intercede for the youth of our nation and the world.
And the Bible has some strong words for those who lead children astray:
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:5–6).
Let’s pray about all this:
Lord Jesus, please protect the minds and bodies of our precious children. We know how much You love them. Raise up leaders, teachers, parents, and intercessors who will pursue righteousness and fight to keep the darkness out of our schools.
How can we protect children from books that teach atheism, evolution and transhumanism? For a detailed account of Unstoppable Us, check out this review by Deborah DeGroff, who analyzes it from a biblical perspective.
Are you asking God to protect our children? Share your prayers here.
Angela Rodriguez is an author, blogger and home-schooling mom who studies the historical and biblical connections between Israel and the U.S. You can visit her blogs at 67owls.com and 100trumpets.com. Her latest book, Psalm 91: Under the Wings of Jesus, was released in June 2021. Photo Credit: Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash.
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