Amid my recent apprehensions about the mind numbing pace of technological advances (go read the Time article about the singularity, and you'll know what I mean), a priest's homily gave me some perspective. He told a joke.
There were some biomedical engineers working in a lab, and one day after years of grueling work, they finally announced that they had developed a technique that allowed them to create life. God came to them and said, "So you think you've found the secret, do you?"
"Yes, we now have the technology to create life. Your services are no longer needed."
"Ok, prove it."
So they began mixing some mud and water together.
"What do you think you're doing?" asked God.
"We're creating life. This is the first step," said the scientists petulantly.
"Ok well where'd you get the mud from? That's my mud. Get your own materials."