Petting cats not people

God Seeker Guy has been accused many times of being negative, anti-religious and just plain miserable. He has been particularly beaten up for his views on the value of social media. A recent piece from CNBC helps clarify exactly what he is trying to say.

Social media can often be an echo chamber, where views you hear and articles you read are just there to reaffirm your own beliefs. That was the view of a panel on Thursday which included Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and Paul Holder, the co-founder of political crowdfunding site Crowd Pac” reports Arjun Kharpel – Technology Correspondent for CNBC

“Social media can often be an echo chamber, where views you hear and articles you read are just there to reaffirm your own beliefs”

The readers of this blog have always been challenged, they’re encouraged to hit the ‘dislike button’ in their heads, and most of all, they are encouraged to get out of the “echo chamber” that causes us to spend too much time stroking others in the same way we pet the cat to make it feel loved.

The CNBC article adds “… I don’t want to be a reptilian sort of thing clicking on tidbits of food that I want. I want to be a human being and be given thoughtful, reflective ideas.”

This is not to say we should indulge in vulgar, boorish or crude attacks but rather express candid and well thought out opinions which simply may not be pleasing to others.

GSG is searching for some kind of religious truth and while he may have some explaining to do when his performance review with the gods is due, his struggle is genuine. He writes to clarify his thoughts while seeking out a god or gods, he does not seek corroboration for his views, he just seeks the light that others have found.

GSG ( God Seeker Guy)

 

God’s sense of humor

Consider the poor duck-billed platypus. He looks like he’s made from the parts of several animals, something made from remains found in the Almighty’s work shop. Perhaps God was bored and decided to have a little fun, something to do on his day of rest.

His effort to create humans may have been accomplished in the same manner, although our design defects are less obvious. Most of our parts look like they belong together. On the surface we appear to be well thought out, but there are certainly issues with our functionality.

“Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions…”

Although we have proven our ability to achieve great things, we consistently undo much of the good we accomplish by indulging in religious dogmatism and denying the rights of others to follow any faith they choose.

Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions with little success— is  that he created a creature with poor instants. Animals are not self-destructive, they have the ability to function as a well-organized group and they usually work together for the betterment of the herd. True, animals will kill each other in terms of different species but most don’t destroy members of their own group, although the odd lion will kill the young of a newly acquired female, a policy humans have avoided so far.

God immediately realized his mistake in tinkering with Homo sapiens and booted them out of their designated living quarters. Later he found it necessary to come up with numerous commandments to stop them from slaughtering their neighbors and indulging in all sorts of sordid activities.

Assembling the duck-billed platypus showed the Almighty had a sense of humor, fabricating humans, not so much.

GSG (God Seeker Guy)

A risky endeavor 

The perfect allegory for religion is to lay under a huge barren tree in winter, look up and observe the thousands of bare branches. A risky endeavor since most birds are not toilet trained, however with some degree of caution you can get a little insight into how religions have grown and branched out over the centuries.

Each tree has the potential to blossom and bear fruit, it can then provide shelter and food. However those same blossoms can block your view and the fruit can become bitter. If each tree were a single religion with its various sects and cults, then we must accept that it’s easy to get lost in the forest.

“The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends…”

Alright, enough with the silly metaphors. The point is that religion has become so diversified over the centuries that it’s difficult to find a place to belong. Those of us who prefer to choose a region rather than acceding to the one we are born to, have so many options, so many possibilities, that this writer has, so far, been unable to embrace any one faith.

That is not necessarily a bad thing, the search is fascinating and at times very rewarding. God Seeker Guy has been able to answer countless questions that have lingered for years simply by keeping an open mind and listening to what others have to say. True, he is unimpressed with what he has seen so far, but it’s the institutions he questions not the need for faith that most of us crave.

A search through his blog will unearth numerous contradiction of course, for that GSG does not apologize. The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends, that is the price we pay for discovering the truth, whatever that may be.

So pick a tree, any tree and see where it leads you.

GSG (God Seeker Guy)

The wisdom bot

Wisdom is fast becoming obsolete. Through the ages wisdom of the older generation was valued by the community. History was passed along, language was preserved and numerous skills were conserved. After a long working life it was assumed the older members of the family new a thing or two about life and were respected by the community and family. While God Seeker Guy is perhaps a bit of a Luddite, he is not blind to the changes technology is bringing to our communities and families.

“The western world has become alarmingly accustomed to discarding anything that elicits boredom.”

Technology is eroding the contribution of the older generation. We won’t need to ask for advice or information from them, it will be stored in computer chips implanted in our brains at birth or offered to us by wisdom bots plugged in next to the toaster. The traditional role of grandparents will evaporate as kids grow up preferring to spend time with their iPads and smart phones when grandparents visit.

The western world has become alarmingly accustomed to discarding anything that elicits boredom. We get bored with our gadgets, our cars, our partners and our lives. However, instant gratification is the sure path to loneliness since it takes many years and much compromise, understanding and sacrifice to establish long lasting relationships.

Elon Musk has said that if we don’t embrace artificial intelligence, we as a race will become obsolete. That notion does not bode well for the traditions the older generation has to offer the young.

The new gods of AI will demand total acquiescence and we will look back on the holy books as faulty, irrelevant curiosities. The omnipotent  will retreat, our thinking will be done for us by appliances and we will no longer be available to the gods as playthings.

GSG (God Seeker Guy)