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?