Originally posted by resistancia...wish the aliens would get me away from here
If you had any idea how close to the truth you really are...
*cracks knuckles* Well here goes, for all its worth...
In stories there are elements that are universally true. By crosing cultures and time periods these elements can be identified.
Rife with good and bad guys, popular culture hides under its mantle the origins of the elusive UFO, the "alien", and the fantastic such as demons
and the hosts of Mordor, such classes as these which can be found thoughout history the world over. That is because popular culture is folklore, and
folklore is more fundamantal and enduring than state religion.
BUT...instead of writing these elements off to humanity's creative faculties, let us suppose the invariance is attributable to a real phenomena. And
furthermore taking into account history as a lesson that repeats itself, when we observe ourselves attempting to recreate life in the AI we take over
the same job of that which we believe is responsible of our own existence.
What is the end result? I am sure everyone here is familiar with the Terminator movies. Well, mix this with a gradual decline of pursuit of principle
and an increasing pursuit of resources, and then it becomes a powderkeg. I will explain further on.
Now I am aware I am asking my audience to accept many controversial ideas at once and take several leaps, but this must be done if we are to lift the
lid on the proverbial can of worms to see what is inside.
One more thing must be accepted. It is that humans possess souls. And that is not possible with an AI or Frankenstein. So how do we know that
something like this did not occurr in the dim past when the universe was younger? We don't, and taking history as a lesson that repeats itself
universally, the analogy seems more plausible than ever.
As above, so below. As within, so without. As now, so it was. Our Muslim brethern called them the Jinn, those souless abominations who walked the
Earth when her ground was glowing hot magma and posionous vapors filled the heavens, and Man was just a covalent bond in some organic molecules. These
are your enemy, hidden behind millions of years of deception and onion layers of forms, with long hungry tendrils reaching deep within our hearts to
ignite fear, hate, and all manner of evil that nightmares are made of. And of late it has become easier with so much despair compounding upon
Oh yes, powderkeg. We have got to have that oil, so add greed to it. And anger. What a nice mix. A real perpetual pain machine, it is certainly
impressive. But I digress.
I am sure there are some fundamentalists that would agree wholeheartedly with me, but that is not the company I want to keep. I like what Rodney
Dangerfield said in Sweet Nicky, "Even in Hell I don't get no respect!", gotta love it. There is a balance of power, and we are not in control of
any of it. Just look to the good, the true, and the beautiful, and maybe, just maybe, we will not become permanently extinct.
And look up Mordor in Wikipedia. Therein is enlightenment.