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Reprise - race with the machines II


A friend commented that  the race for the machines was only addressing half of the truth.

Here's the "half filled cup", so to speak :-)

The world is rippling with efficient bursts
of digital emotions from folks who offer - to
billions of us - the chance for gratitude
towards the creators' deep springs of contemplation
as they serve it up to us and our digital posterity.

Technology is working round the clock
in supercharging our lives - through the machines
that bedazzle us with their unending service -
with needs that we never dreamed we could satisfy.
Lo! Our minds grapple with their possibilities for re-making us.

Hanging on, surfing their surges and waves,
working the sensory channels that feed
the need for speed and bursts of action,
we simply ice that reality cake - the
art of enlivening the immortal inside us.

But out of the blue moon,
when time itself stands still,
the silent inner space shines out of our eyes,
into our analog world - giving lies to the deception
that we are permanent consumers of a fatty digital diet.

It is in these times that we see those
rational packages of short defensible bytes -
followers and followed, pokes,
likes, wants and posts  - as yet another illusory
window - for the ephemeral to dream of the immortal.

As the machines bind and connect us
infinitely more than we imagined,
our medium is awash with free advice,
bared vulnerability, and sincerity of purpose
that communicate immediately to the heart.

When feelings crave to be shared,
when free works of art cry out to be used,
lost are the easy ways to excuse our duty
of gaining mastery over the immediate present,
by working on the advice of another soul's lessons.

We live in another kind of world too -
where balance can arise from choice,
where beauty is explored, not searched.
Where we see, think and feel the universe
outside the digital Mind's eye of our click stream.

As we enter into a race along with machines
we can create a great symbiotic digital reef,
of habits, freedoms and action potentials.
Let us cultivate for ourselves a new world
in partnership with our digital symbionts.

Build the eternal testing places in reality, away from
the shores of this partnership, unscripted, serendipitous.
For we are the only machines that can create
new art forms in the waking world
with the million shards of digital clay and color.

[to be continued.......]


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