Cleaning the human narrative

The continued advancement of Artificial Intellgence (AI) is positive development for humanity. When computers start to do a lot of the tasks that we humans think are our core competencies, it forces us to rethink what it truly means to be human. This development invites us to clean the human narrative and return it to its truth and essence.

If being human is having a higher level of cognitive intelligence than animals, what then is our use when computers take over? When machines replaced physical muscles and started to do physical work much faster and better than humans, we had to function on a higher level than brute force. We had to use our intelligence. Now that machines can be programmed to work intelligently and sift and analyze complex data in real time we are again at crossroads. 

Driving a car and flying an airplane are truly complex activities, requiring multi-level analysis of vast arrays of non-static data and split-second decision making, yet computers are already able to perform those functions and will get better at doing them. Robots are starting to do tasks like cleaning and they will get better at doing them.

The invitation right now is for humans to function above the level of mere intelligence. If we can create machines that can function at the speed of thought, it means we can function above the level of thought and this is not just consciousness, self-awareness or being able to observe and choose our thoughts although those begin to take us above the level of artificial intelligence. It means being able to function at god-like level, above the level of programming, the level where Jesus functioned, the level of omnipotent and infinitely creative love.

AI is inevitable but a true human is neither threatened by it nor afraid of it taking over their “job” or the world, partly because he or she has access to an intelligence far above that which produces artificial intelligence. This is the level of spirit. AI invites all humans into the spirit, a level more superior to intelligence as we know it, than intelligence is superior to brute force. This is the level of creation, where material resources are not needed to create material things, where invisible and intangible spirit matter is the raw material for creating any matter. It is way above the fascinating world of quantum mechanics. This is the level of “light, be”. This is the level of using mere words to stop hurricanes or recreating dead tissue in split seconds without physical touch, driven by compassion and not data.

Thankfully, Jesus never claimed to be the only one who could ever do such. He invited every human into that domain millennia ago and right now, AI and Singularity  are inviting us to re-examine these words of Jesus, “the works I do, you will do also and greater works than these shall ye do because I go to my father.” He came to show us what it truly means to be human, not to start a religion.

Love is what it means to be human. Godlikeness, Christlikeness is what it truly means to be human. Machines cannot play in that field and that is the field humans were created to play in, which we departed from and AI is nudging us back into. And that, is the real game changer.

Mental Hygiene

In principle, mental hygiene is no different from physical hygiene. You need a soap, you need a means of applying the soap and you need consistency.

A soap’s function is to remove dirt while also nourishing the skin by replenishing lost nutrients. The ideal soap is natural and has nutrients that are similar to the body’s. Using a bad soap causes long term damage even if it appears to clean. The ideal soap represents truth. The mind can only be cleaned with truth since truth is what the mind was designed to contain and feed on, the same way our bodies were designed to feed only on natural and not synthetic substances.

I love applying this soap from Apostle Paul to my mind,

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

This thought makes it easy to identify thoughts that are not clean. Applying this soap again and again removes garbage thoughts and reveals beauty, potential, truth and purity within and keeps the mind free of trash. I know I need cleaning when I start to think thoughts that in my sober moments, I know are untrue and unwholesome. And just as dirt corrupts the underlying surface with time, unwholesome thoughts corrupt the mind when persisted in.

Mental hygiene requires practice. More than ever, we need practices that allow for mental stillness. Solitude is an indispensable practice for periodic mental cleansing. Periodically disconnecting from the external including social media and connecting with your interior space helps. Cleaning and other simple physical activities are also rich practices. They help to shut down mental chatter and make us more receptive to inspiration. While moving your limbs in the process of lifting physical dirt, your mind can become still enough for you to uncover insights within. The kingdom of God is within you after all. And once your mind is quiet, you can observe your thoughts. If you do not observe your thoughts, you cannot begin to clean your mind anymore than a cleaner can clean a room without being present. Cleaning requires presence and presence is a cleaner.

We can return our minds to truth in the various areas of our lives and society. Any thought or opinion that you have about anything at all can be based on truth or not. Thoughts that are not based on truth are much more harmful to you and to others than leaving your body unwashed for weeks. Thoughts about race and police brutality for example, need a lot of cleaning. Will violence against police truly arrest police brutality? What does screaming Black Lives Matter achieve if black lives do not matter to blacks? I believe we need mental cleaning when our thoughts on an issue are the same as the majority of people, because they are often untruth. But what is truth and where do you find it?