The Weight of the World

The Weight of the World

When will man ever be satisfied with his own existence?

This is the question that Harry asks to himself out loud every morning. Harry gets up at precisely 6 am. each day and prepares his morning nourishments. Then he walks out onto his teak deck over-looking the forest. 

Harry is a genius. 

Ever since man has had a whim of his power and prowess of the land, he has sought conquest: conquest of other men, other living creatures, and himself.  Modern man fights disease, enforces the rule of law, builds technologically complex structures and because of all this, man seeks to re-create himself as an automated machine in the form of A.I robotics.

Harry lives in this modern world. He is a large integral part of it: the constant development of mans knowledge to further enhance the reach of the human race. Yet Harry gets up every day and asks himself a troubling question. He is concerned that man is going to far, that mankind should stop the march of progress and just be happy with what we’ve got. That conflict drives Harry onward.

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Harry is a savant, young, brash when required, and gentleman when not. He easily moves from the laboratory to the boardroom with the comfort only afforded to a modern guru. Harry knows that he can control man and change his behaviors, thereby affecting the future actions of all mankind. He also knows that the wars, greed, sexual over gratification, and hypocrisy will continue no matter what he does. The playing field will alter a little, robots will fight other robots, but in the end it will only have value if other humans die. Humans seem to cherish life precisely because they know that they can destroy it. Humans feel powerful knowing they can remove the ultimate reward, life, and in doing so constantly test their will to cherish life.

Harry knows the essential battle that takes place in the minds of humans each and every day, of each and every human being, is this: Who must I conquer today in order to survive tomorrow?  That survival  not just be the physical form, but must include the idealism inside of each and every human being. Ideals that crash. Ideals that conflict.

Humans do find others who agree, and they live together because they all support a designed survival plan. Sometimes these groups are large and well organized. The power of these human organized groups is impressive—albeit to the members of that group—but there is always a need to increase membership for the survival of each specific group, and that is where conflict among humans always finds a spark. Atoms in human cells energized in pursuit of domination. The rage of neurons begins. 

Tomorrow Harry will get up at 6am, make his morning nourishments, walk out onto his teak deck, and ask himself the same question. Then he will go downstairs get in his Tesla and leave for the office.  Harry is many things, but he will never be able to answer the question that he poses to his great mind each and every day.

 Artemis J Jones 2016


Kenneth Finton said...

It takes a worried man to sing a worried song, the old folk song says. Contentment comes when one realizes the unity of living things instead of focusing on the opposition. The most important thing that changes mental attitude is realizing that all is infinite and temporal things are a part of the infinite as well.

Kenneth Finton said...

Capacity for
Ongoing acceptance of circumstances without
Thoughts regarding life
Events. An embracing of "the
Now" with
Thankfulness as well as
Natural happenings to become
Treasured moments.

Artemis J Jones said...

Elon Musk our closest living example.