"doing god's work"
Pretty tech, and possibly useful too. But among all that tech suddenly there's something that stands out, that deserves a bit of shedding light on it. Don't even have to read between the lines, it's printed right there.
Why the military love unpronouncable acronyms so much? Well... it's their take on what we've developed buzzword bingo for to make bearable. It serves to show you're "in", but also to obfuscate, to hide you don't know crap, as an effigy to worship your own BS with, or simply to hide the distasteful. The latter is especially important since all those nattily turned out officers' jobs it is to, well, kill people, when they're not socialising in mess dress.
The danger here is of course where you start to believe your own BS, and the risk is real. "Doing god's work"? What, playing god now? Pretending to know what this superbeing you declared all-mighty and therefore not comprehensible to mere mortals, might be thinking? I won't begin to pretend to know about this superbeing, but I do know what's going on in your head; it's called "belief", not "thinking". We've seen that before often enough. Having a go at reliving the old crusades with new tech, are we? We all know how that turned out, and despite all the new tech it's somehow not going much better than the previous attempts. Still taking a lot of time and costing a pretty penny, though.
But anyway. I realise this is from just some military guy turned beltway bandit, but it doesn't change much since he can hardly be alone to casually toss off lines like this. It does raise the question: Who are you to pretend to know what "god's work" is? Apart from seizing yourself some unassailable justification ("it's my religion, see? respect my religion, you unbeliever! now I kill you!") before anyone might come up with questions that take it all out of our comfort zones. Yeah verily, let's all just pretend the people with the technology are "the good guys", therefore inherently justified in whatever they're doing, and the people without are not.
I don't think I want a people that really believes in this to lord it over all the world. And that goes for any and all people that believe such things, regardless of anything else, including how fancy their technology is.
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