Tough to see that affirmation extended to include, say, hardcore C++. Or even softcore Web environments. Object orientation as a paradigm is by definition and design an approach to simulating Life via abstraction. More often than not in modern usage, such abstraction debases Life rather than affirms it.
Or to put it more succinctly...
Programming is NOT an affirmation of Life. It's whole purpose is to fake Life. For profit. Your professor only told you that to make you feel better about working 80-hour weeks for the next 50 years.