Written by Jim Makin
“We are what we have done“
“We become what we think about“
“We can alter our lives by altering our attitudes“
“If you think in negative terms you will get negative results; if you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results“
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” (Shakespeare, ‘Measure for Measure’)
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9, 23)
“As ye sow, so shall ye reap” (Galatians 6, 7-9)
“The human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth“
“The things that we got for nothing we can never replace; the human mind isn’t used because we take it for granted … it can do any kind of job we assign to it but generally speaking we use it for little jobs instead of big important ones … so decide now – what is it you want?“
“Every one of us is the sum total of our own thoughts”
Speaking personally, I would suggest that as God (or Nature, take your pick) has endowed us with the most incredible “grey matter” between our ears, it is the height of ingratitude and folly not to use it to its full extent and purpose, and that purpose is for us as individuals to determine.
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As human beings we grow in power and confidence by pursuing our goals and overcoming the obstacles.
We all have our own minds, to use ignore or abuse as we choose. Ultimately, this is simply to state the obvious. Despite the prevalence of egregious levels of propaganda swilling around the world today, nobody else can control our thoughts unless we allow them.
This (somewhat outdated) Guardian article paints transhumanism in a benevolent light where body parts can be replaced by “superior” artificial substitutes and even the brain may be “augmented” by AI (anybody know what AI actually is?).
What we do know is that scientific and engineering advances can be used for both good or ill. If the brain can be augmented, then I suggest that sooner or later, someone will probably find a way to harness it under AI control, thus degrading us into servants to whatever scheme the masters behind the AI wish to introduce.
We also know that ‘they’ have been working on communicating messages embedded in audio and images straight into our subconscious for years. And today, the Internet of Things beckons?
Will “augmentation” eventually override our own thoughts, and substitute ‘their’ goals for ours?
Now that would be slavery indeed, and it would certainly come as little surprise if we were to find that someone has already been working on it.
“The architect of the Universe didn’t build a stairway leading nowhere“
For now, we can each choose our own stairway.
Will it be the descending stairway that purports to lead to fulfilment of our own personal desires even at the expense of others – riches, fast cars, loose women, power over others, etc etc – ‘success’ at any cost? This is the win-lose stairway. Inevitably, being win-lose, it leads to bad and broken relationships, even criminality and a life fearful of being caught and shamed. In reality, it is the lose-lose stairway.
Will it be the ‘go with the flow’ stairway, where we automatically follow the herd for fear of having to justify any contrary behaviour? This is no stairway at all, more like a travelator that goes wherever the installers wished. It may be an “easy” option, but do you know who installed it and whither it leads? The travelator allows you to give up your independence of thought, and although your successes will not be your own, your failures will still be yours because you had the opportunity to choose and you blew it.
Or will it be the stairway that climbs upwards to the betterment of humanity as a whole: to be of service to others, to promote the best for society through achieving the best for all the free-thinking individual members of society, to promote the incoming tide that floats all boats? This is the win-win stairway, and you can guess where it leads …
“As ye sow, so shall ye reap”
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7, 14)