I’ve always been fascinated with any new breakthrough technology. 3D printing is one of those as it reminds me a bit of the replicators found on “Star Trek” that can reproduce anything from food to mechanical parts. Finally I’m seeing a real product for 3D printing for the average person. That product is a mini-me.
That’s right, you can now take selfie to a whole new level by having yourself digitally scanned and printing out what amounts to be a toy version of yourself. Imagine a fireplace mantle displaying key moments of your life such as your wedding day, holding your newborn baby or swatting the game-winning home run, all in a realistic miniature version of you. The company offering this service produces amazingly life-like plastic replicas of their customers. In the world of the selfie, this certainly seems like the logical next step.
The Bible suggests that as we near the conclusion of God’s plan for this world, certain traits would characterize the people living in it. Paul wrote to Timothy about that very subject, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,...” 2 Timothy 3:1-2 (NIV). The description goes on but notice the very first one.
In a world where we can choose to replicate just about anything, what is finding the most success is a 3D image of ourselves. I’m not quite sure what that says about us and where we are heading.
As for me, I still like the idea of capturing certain moments of life as a 3D sculpture, so maybe I’m part of the problem if it is a problem and it likely is a problem because my first instinct was to make miniature versions of myself and give them to my congregation as stocking stuffers for Christmas. Who wouldn’t want a mini-pastor watching over them 24-7?
David Sandvick is the pastor of First English Baptist Church in Frostburg.