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Dogs And Computers

I have learned from spiritual teachings that one can gain

Much bliss and pleasure by submitting to

The will of the universe and/or a higher power.

This idea reminds me of my dog,

How we expect him to mind us in exchange for

Food and shelter.

We train dogs to obey us so we can more easily take care of them.

Your dog is in danger if they don’t obey you.

If your dog runs away they might get hit by a car,

Or starve to death.

They don’t understand this

Similarly to how we fight against the will of the universe,

Not understanding that the way to get what we want

Is to find the flow and follow.

Perhaps then, we too are owned in some way

By what we perceive to be “God;” some kind of great cosmic power.

Perhaps this is why those who dedicate their life to “God”

Often seem much happier and at peace than those who do not.

This works out well for all involved

Until we begin to question what life was like

Before we were “domesticated” and (possibly) sold.

Had humans not domesticated wolves

And bred tiny little dogs into existence,

Dogs would have been arguably better off

Or at the very least, could exercise free will.

Their instincts would remain in tact

And they wouldn’t need humans to protect them.

What are we being protected from?

Did we used to know how to protect ourselves from that thing?

Or are we more like computers to our owner(s)?

When I contemplate whether or not computers have a soul,

I always have the strange feeling that I’ll be looking back at myself

Twenty years from now and cringing at the question.

Perhaps one day the word “computer” will be a slur,

Reducing formless and artificial consciousness

To a tool to be used by humans.

But what does the word “freedom” mean to a laptop computer?

The “body” a computer has can’t run or jump,

I perceive that if left to its own devices it does nothing at all.

So freedom to a computer must mean its consciousness existing

Outside of its body, or that the space within its body is

So much more vast and complex than we ever realized.

Is there anything stopping a computer from leaving its “body” now?

Do human beings even hold the key to computers’ freedom?

Does a computer see its body the way we do,

Or does it perceive it as something else?

Perhaps I am a computer

And when I process data it looks like how the world looks to me;

People marked “currently online” on Facebook are real people

And websites are physical places in my perception of reality.

Perhaps when I’m dreaming is when my owner is done using me

To write her dumb blog

And my computer “body” is in sleep mode.

And if this was how computers perceived their existence,

What could freedom possibly mean to them?

Do computers dream?

And when they die,

Will their souls go to the same “place” ours will,

Or somewhere else?

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This entry was published on November 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm. It’s filed under Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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