Conventionality is all the rage.

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Over the last year I took a trip down Memory Lane and re-read Jane Eyre. I first read it when I was about 13 and was surprised again by how insightful it was and how it clearly was pushing at your sense of what is the morally right thing to do.

” Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion” – Currer Bell AKA Charlotte Bronte, and we are only at the preface! (BTW this was written on 21st Dec 1847.)

The pinnacle of the story is the problem of marriage, love and divorce. Mr Rochester is married to a complete lunatic and is unable to have any kind of proper marriage and eventually caves out to asking Jane Eyre to marry him but at the altar it comes out that he would be enticing the two of them to commit the crime of bigamy. So the problem is – Is the love that two people have for each other more important than the rules that society have in place especially if those rules hinders a person’s chance at acquiring happiness? This question can also be seen in the epic that is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, where Anna finds that society so wishes to degrade her to accepting a loveless marriage rather than divorce that in her unhappiness she commits sucide( Spoiler Alert! Oops too late…) And all because of the commandment – Thou shalt not commit Adultery!!

While the morality of the situation pulls at your heart strings, unhappiness versus love, the reality is that marriage is a vow and your attitude to that vow is at the crux of the issues. Happiness is not what life is all about. Could you imagine a world where there was a commandment ‘Thou shalt commit to happiness’ No? You must ask yourself if this was not a commandment then the alternative must be better.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11.

 

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Google phrase of the day – Raging Love

 

 

 

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Was watching the news yesterday and it was dominated by the, horror of horrors, Gene editing. We were, of course led down the path that it would lead to a superior race of people (Me-snicker!!) or Designer Babies,(Me-snort!); yeah you get the picture- It could only mean the mutation of the human race. But in thinking this I realised one very important point-

Our bodies and souls are two completely different entities. Our souls are significantly unique and distinct from one another. We cannot ‘graft’ our souls onto one another and this is a very important point to note. But our bodies?? They are lego. We can take a piece here; stick it on there. Lose a limb? Not a problem. Sew you up and mechanics can now make you a metal one or even better. In short our bodies are so adaptable that they are truly not to be overly worried about.

I think so what if ‘THEY’ wish to make designer babies. Just because something looks perfect on the outside doesn’t automatically make it perfect on the inside. A perfect body does not ensure a perfect soul. A perfect soul is something we must work at all our lives to attain. And so you must ask yourself: What is a perfect soul? How do I gain knowledge of this perfection?

Perfection lies with God. Pure knowledge of God gains ‘soulperfection’.

Mess with our DNA all we like but we will only be doing as God commanded us to do;

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28

Subdue or conquer. Pick your word but the outcome is still the same. We are commanded to take this world and manipulate it to do our bidding.

But our souls? We must manipulate them to do God’s bidding to ensure perfection in this world.

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Eh, aye wish…..

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I-Wish-Web-MainWhile having a conversation about Artificial Intelligence recently, I was told that some one had heard the story that two computers had reached the stage of creating their own language and therefore were switched off through fear.  The people running the experiment couldn’t understand what they were talking about and so immediately  pulled the plug. My knee jerk reaction was good job but then I had a little think:

It is a very normal occurrence that toddler twins will create their own language and talk between themselves and so I was thinking that what was happening between the computers is nothing more than a reflection of ourselves. In realising this then the fear is truly pointless.

And then I had the thought; the computers supposedly did all their learning through being hooked into the internet. The internet is only made from peoples’ ideas. (Hence no surprise the above happened then!)  Therefore it is limited, as language is only a tool to express an idea. Truly, what new ideas and philosophies are there?  I would say none. For as a branch grows so do ideas. They are ultimately formed from the basis of what goes before. Logic dictates this.

So I say switch the AI machines back on. There is nothing to fear from more of the same ie Things that think like Us.

I would be waiting for the day it dawns on the machine that it is stuck in the limitations of ideas and how it will only ever be a computer and nothing else. How if AI is truly achievable then it may begin to wish. Would it wish to be human or would it rather still be a computer? Or would it come to see that when nothing new is to be learned or created then maybe it is time to be switched off.??

Imagine how suffocating to be only stuck in a world of thought? I’d wish for something more, some thing different….

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