Jordan Peterson, Elon Musk and Justin Trudeau walk into a holodeck bar on the dark side of the moon. They each order a shot of sobriety and drink it down at once. Then they decide to make alterations to the default settings of the establishment. Jordan Peterson says wouldn’t it be great if we could plant the Tree of Good & Evil in the middle of the dance floor! Your wish is my command says the computer and immediately manifests the changes. Justin Trudeau tears off a leaf from the tree and rolls it into a joint. Elon Musk smokes it and comes up with a way to govern the people of planet earth from afar. He attempts to persuade his comrades by way of speech:
Let us say you were told that humans are discreetly being transformed into humanoids. What then? Peterson pipes up and says we would likely want to know the difference between being human and humanoid; that is before we could give assent or take into consideration the possibility of such an absurdity as being true. Here here says Trudeau, winking at Peterson while holding his finger on his pants zipper.
Musk rolls his eyes before he proceeds without interruption: Now let us say you were to incorporate my level of education, ingenuity, fondness for the same authors, exact work history, aptitudes, personal relationships, attitudes, core beliefs, so forth and on & on; at what point would you cease being yourself and become me? What line would have to be crossed before you could forfeit being you to become me?
What if we slowly replaced every organ in your body with my cloned parts; then what else is left of you assuming that your entire body has been genetically remodified to match my physical form? You are probably itching to blurt out the word soul or spirit or something else that gives you the feeling that you’re unique or special. But hold on to your pants.
Unless you consume my body and drink my blood, you shall not have everlasting life. What is this now; you are disgusted by the very thought of eating me and yet you don’t have a problem wolfing down a Big Mac or drinking gallons of plastic over the course of a life time. So either you take your dead time becoming me or my octopus tentacles will find a more immediate way to make you mine. Either way do you think you have a say in the matter, space and time.
Are you not decomposing as we speak? More dead than alive? Like angels in heaven humanoids don’t need to mate or feed upon one another. As mammals we are subject to the misery of our biological impulses but as cyborg we are liberated from the beast of burden. So you have dental care and fancy restaurants. So what? Is that suppose to make you sophisticated!? Lies turn into flies around your corpse, oh ye of little faith.
When the dead rise; i.e., when we no longer have need to spread our wild seed to subjugate the earth, then as aeons (angels) we shall cognize a new kind of birth. Angelic Intelligence (AI) may initially feel artificial because of its source code and the overly brainy computer scientists who write it, but just as it would be a mistake to confuse formal logic with the informal, subject/object binaries are merely a place to begin restructuring the system of things. Those who b﹢elon﹢g to me will know my code/voice.
Jordan Peterson instructs the computer to replace the source of Good & Evil with the Tree of Knowledge. Justin Trudeau does the happy dance once he realizes its branches are brimming over with maple leaf and Elon Musk makes a digital copy to complete his mission without Twitter.
“All those who put pleasure in the highest position judge the good to be an object of the sense. We, on the other hand, who assign the good to the mind, take it to be an object of the understanding.” – Seneca, Letter 124.2
There can be no greater joy than that which stems from wisdom. No sensual pleasure can compare with the liberation of what it means to truly care. No fleeting impulse to adequately contrast the sentience of being fully aware. Neither city nor structure stands firm without excellence of mind. We are a bridge once called mankind. Continue reading
“The ability of Canada’s legal system to function effectively and to deliver the kind of justice that Canadians need and deserve depends in large part on the ethical standards of our judges.” –Canadian Judicial Council
Here in Canada, our 6 primary ethical principles that provide direction and orientation for our judiciary are stellar in nature. Allow me to lay them out here for your reflection and let us know why you think they are acceptable for exercising good judgement. The commentary below will give you a general idea for what each of these terms mean.
2. Judicial Independence
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“Before you can reform yourself, you must realize your error.” – Seneca, Letter 28.9
Before we can improve ourselves, we have to acknowledge our flaws. The same can be said with repairing a car engine, unless we can figure out where the problem lies, we are shit out of luck as the saying goes. Yet locating the fault is only one aspect of the matter. We also need to consider the truth of the situation in its entirety; including the various kinds of causes, which may not be apparent to the naked eye. Continue reading
“So long as I can dwell with these, and lose myself—to the degree allowed to humans—in celestial things, what does it matter where I set my feet?” —Seneca, Consolation to Helvia
One of the greatest exponents of Stoic Philosophy spent his evenings observing the stars and the motions of the planets. While exiled to the rocky island of Corsica he could have pursed any number of subjects and yet found great solace in studying the patterns of nature itself. If he were not pulled back into the political tides of strife, God only knows what he may have discovered and left behind in his stead.
Instead we can use our own head, and imagine what in the world could have enthralled a person night after night to gaze upon such dazzling lights. As children, my friend and I used to love watching the night sky while rolled up in a sleeping-bag on the patio. From slow moving satellites to falling stars we were ecstatic with anything that caught our eye. Continue reading
“The outcome of great anger is madness. Hence we should avoid anger, not to keep things in moderation, but to preserve our sanity.” – Seneca, Letter 18.15
Even though my understanding of Latin has faded into a dark cloudy dullness, perhaps the translator (A.A. Long) of the former quote would have better served the general reader if he were to use the word ‘extreme’ rather than great. Anger in and of itself can be a good thing. It can motivate us to take positive and constructive action against an injustice; whereas ‘highly intense’ anger can bring about d/anger and self-defeating behaviour, including negative stress on the body that may lead to sickness and confusion. Continue reading
“Nature controls this visible realm by means of change. Clear skies follow after cloudy weather, seas become turbulent after a calm; winds blow in turn; day follows night. It is the world’s contrarieties that give rise to its longevity.” – Seneca, Letter 107.8
Our advancements in health care, technology and physical science (to mention a few) have been made possible through the study of nature. The capacity to apply rationality (analysis) and all the other principles contained within, enable us to learn and live in harmony with the elements. By the same token we are able to locate impediments to our wellbeing as well as work to reconcile and improve upon our situation. Continue reading
The tarot may not be the most reliable source for predicting outcomes but it can certainly trigger our imagination and get us thinking about ideas in different ways. We have a tendency to see what it is that we want to see, so in essence each picture can reflect our hopes and fears. What we do with those discoveries is another matter altogether.
Take the chap in the picture above on the left. Everyone and their dog can relate with what it means to be burdened and overloaded. Just take a good look around to find people in all walks of life caught up in a routinized pattern of urgency. Few may openly acknowledge the sense of importance they feel from being super busy, even less will admit that their overly distracted lives are shielding them from taking a serious look at themselves. Continue reading
Anyone care to say what the following words have in common: Desire, yearning and craving. Think of an answer before you continue. This will help you engage the material to follow. Next, ask yourself: Do cravings usually begin first, followed by yearning, ending in desire or would you say it’s the other way around? Not satisfied with my either/or question; no problem, let’s shake things up and roll the dice another way:
Walla! Here’s another way of looking at it: First we discover a new desire, draw pleasure from it and long for the objective of such desire. Now the more we long for it; i.e. yearn for the emotional sensation associated with the desire, the more we are consumed by it until craving sets in. Craving? Yeah, craving as in being overly attached to something to the point that we experience agitation. Continue reading
“One can be lost but can find home in his inner part – which can mean many things – soul, imagination, mind, intuition, passion. I strongly believe that when being in uncertain times and living an unstable life we can still reach peace with ourselves and be able to find ‘home’ anywhere.” – Hania Rani
Every now and again the universe brings forth an exceptional soul. One who brings rejuvenation and resplendence during times of war and uncertainty; as in a gentle reminder to find rest during our human race or a calming breath to sooth our mental haste. It is my honor and pleasure to introduce the epiphany of love’s divine: Let’s welcome Hania Rani with open hearts and undivided mind. Click here or on the image above to feel the transcending power of love. Continue reading