Hello to you. I wasn’t sure I was going to post anything after the FCC net neutrality repeal yesterday (https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/fcc-reverses-landmark-rules-aimed-at-free-and-open-internet/ar-BBGJMoz?OCID=ansmsnnews11). I prayed and meditated about it like I always do when it comes to things of this nature and now we wait. Kyle and I had some pretty choice words about this yesterday but I am not going to dwell on it. It’s like drinking poison and expecting a cure.
Last night’s dreams were interesting. The two I remember kind of go together. The first one was of watching a plane almost crash over the house and then going from that and watching the plane go into the ocean and become self automated like AI (a mech or robot) but no passengers. It was looking at me but had empty chairs behind glass for eyes. The other dream was about watching a bunch of Asian people sitting around a white table with boxes beside them like microphones to amplify their voices. They were playing some sort of word game.
A topic that has come up many times for me through the years as I’ve tried to navigate my way through living in this world has been knowing the difference between a want and a need. It seems to me that in our world we have lost the ability to discern the difference. For example we need food and water. Most everything else above and beyond what it takes for us to survive is a want. What drives wants and all the labels that come with those wants (infidelity and many other life traps)? The human propensity for boredom. The color green goes from green to teal, to olive, to sea foam green. The gratitude that comes from just having a car to drive goes to I want one with these features, this color, these rims on the tires. I want to be special. I want to be unique. I want to be different from everyone else. I want people to notice me. The irony in all this is the mess we’ve created our of ourselves and this planet in our quest for alleviation of boredom and individuality.
Is what you are about to buy or what you are about to do going to bring you lasting fulfillment, joy, happiness, make your life better or is it just a an attempt to put a mask on something else? There is no person, place or thing that can fill the void of spirit within all of us – the place that animates us in this existence. It is important to learn what you need to live a fulfilling life and let go of what you don’t. Learn the difference, for yourself, what you need and what it is you simply a want and ask yourself why you want it.
This came to my mind this morning. There is a lot about the internet that is good. My being able to be here doing this right now is pretty amazing. There is a lot about the internet that has become very destructive. A child being able to broadcast their suicide livestream on Facebook for example is not a good thing (https://nypost.com/2017/01/25/teen-broadcasts-her-suicide-on-facebook-live/).
The word Babble and it’s definition is how the Internet seems to be to me most times. A bunch of people talking, screaming and yelling to be heard but who is actually listening? Go back to the dreams I shared with you. What if this chaos we’ve created in a “box” was unleashed into an AI form. Something to think about.
https://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/facebook-bots-create-language/2017/08/01/id/805126/ – Facebook Bots Create Language Amongst Themselves
talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way:“he would babble on in his gringo Spanish”
utter something rapidly and incoherently:
reveal something secret or confidential by talking impulsively or carelessly:
(babbling)(of a stream) make the continuous murmuring sound of water flowing over stones:“a gently babbling brook”
the sound of people talking quickly and in a way that is difficult or impossible to understand:“a babble of protest”
foolish, excited, or confused talk:“her soft voice stopped his babble”
the continuous murmuring sound of water flowing over stones in a stream:“the babble of a brook”
background disturbance caused by interference from conversations on other telephone lines.
Genesis 11:1-9New International Version (NIV)
The Tower of Babel
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.