02023-05-27 | Philosophy | 3 comments

During my morning walk I ruminated about our general weighting towards negativity. Why is it so easy to imagine an awful future? Why are most sci-fi novels dystopian? When I reached this point, my mind decided to imagine a future where people have free Google stoves in their kitchens. The stove only functions AFTER one has watched a thirty second ad. And one needs to stay near the stove because for every ten minutes of usage there is another ad one needs to watch or the stove turns itself off. No eye balls–no cooking! Why do people choose ad-supported stoves? Well, they have been trained for this by using YouTube for decades and watching ads in return. Plus they have all lost their jobs to AI. 

Eating Disorder Helpline Fires Staff, Transitions to Chatbot After Unionization–LINK

And once people have been replaced and the investment into AI has been paid off, there is only pure profit. At that point corporations will demand that the government pay a Universal Basic Income so that people can survive to continue to buy things…

See how easy that is. Dystopia basically writes itself!

I thought about the first stories, the fairytales we hear. They are generally not about the happy life of a farmer or craftsman or teacher… they are about walking too deep into the forest and getting imprisoned by a witch. Then there is the language. FIRE is a word one can scream well. LOVE starts with an L and that letter is a soft, almost intimate sound. ABOVE you can scream and be understood. LOVE… not so much. HATE can be screamed well, although there is the possibility that it is heard as EIGHT, if one doesn’t put enough angry spitle into it.

Two elements come together, one social and the other genetic, learned and inherited. We are predisposed towards negativity and we learn to deepen that notion. This is exploited by politicians and amplified by social media. A bad cocktail. A heart attack waiting to happen. 

What to do? I suppose we can train ourselves to balance out the negativity. Reading Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman, was helpful. There is no danger of me believing that tech will solve all of our problems. I won’t become a tech believer. Our human problems haven’t really changed in millennia. When I read the Tao Te Ching I find it just as relevant today. The exterior has changed but the interior hasn’t.


  1. JaneParham

    I love your thought wanderings.

    For avoiding disasters it is good to notice negative possibilities briefly to avoid a wrong turn. But the fear constantly broadcast by all media, chiefly to make profit, is actually the wrong turn itself.

    It is my responsibility to discern truth among lies, exaggerations, and errors. It is quite a discipline. The truth is right here, but it has a “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13, the Christian Bible). So my solution is practicing a silent mind so I might hear that small voice of Truth, Life, Love. It IS here, whatever may appear to the five physical senses, which are subject to illusion and usually scary. I agree that nothing ever changes in the foolish human mind, except maybe when an individual hears the Truth and demonstrates it in whatever activities they do so that others may see, if they can look and evolve.

    That’s why I love music so much. It speaks directly to the divine being within me, leaving my human deluded mind out of it. HaHa!

  2. anne

    The Tao Te Ching – speaks to the eternal. I like reading it too.

    re global problems – well, Albert Einstein summed it -imo

    “​​ We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”


    • anne

      becomes a song that plays eternally and abiding

      religion is a distortion
      materialism is cruel
      blind spirituality is unreal


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