Thursday, March 6, 2014

TABOO, HYPOCRISY, CHILD PORN, AND WHY THE HELL CANT I GET A DATE WITH SIRI?

Personally, I can empathize with Rick Deckard. Afterall, what guy hasn't attempted to mate with a beautiful android lady at some point in life? I commend Rick for his open mindedness and his ability to "seal the deal." Whenever I try to get a date with a gorgeous fembot she ends up giving me the runaround (see above) and lies awkwardly about a date she's committed to with Mr. Perfect. Its always the same story, " But Matthew, he was programmed at MIT. He's been to space. He's the most artificially intelligent guy I've ever been with." Nine times out of ten it's HAL. This just seems to be my fate with all females I fall for hopelessly, android and humanoid alike.

Sleeping with and showing empathy for a hot android may be taboo, owning a false sheep may be laughable, but the truth is, we all own false sheep and we have pulled the fleece over our own eyes. Perhaps the physical world we dismiss as "life" or "the real world," is merely and electric sheep. Its not so much that the electric sheep isn't real, there just happens to be more to the equation than meets the limited perception of our eye. Rick tells Mercer he will quit his job and emigrate (cliche) after he gains a meager glimpse into the 'true nature of the universe.' Mercer muses in response, "You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds all life. Everywhere in the universe."

Maybe I can loosely relate this brief summary of Mercerism with my perhaps skewed interpretation of philosophy as it pertains to eastern religion. Apparently God created us in his likeness, with the ability to create. Perhaps Mercer was implying that the 3 dimensional world we call reality is simply a reflection of our higher selves. In identifying solely with the physical me, ego, or self, and not the higher self that unites us all, we indeed "violate our own identity." Attachment to this ego and the fear of its death binds us to this limited existence which Mercer, and I feel the Dali Lama would agree, is the "ultimate shadow," and our self imposed but not truly real, "defeat of creation." "The curse that feeds all life," is this perpetuation of the ego, the voice inside telling us we are separate from the source of our illusion, our creator, each other... thus the perpetuation of the physical.

"Ravenous," best movie in the world

Is morality a propulsion toward good, (what is good?) or a propulsion toward a cultural, societal protocol?  Immoral to sleep with an android? Bah Humbug! I say go for it! I say bring on the robot that can babysit my toddler, drive grandma to the senior center, scoop dog poop, print a poop sheet, procreate with a bounty hunter named Rick, and judo chop a terrorizor all at the same time. We are already "beyond the pale," the future is now! Every day we have a choice. We can use our iphone to look up gross stuff on the internet, or we can use it to educate, or to connect with a distant relative. Everything is technology, those who resist can stay in the cave. From spectacles and Facebook, to Radar and television. Use it to harm or use it to promote happiness. Technology isn't as evil as we make it out to be, its our dualistic, judgmental, hypocrisy that limits us. And as far as child porn goes...yeah they should go to jail. Simulated child porn with a cartoon kid? Like it or not that's just a twisted reflection of our perverted mis-placed creativity. And taboo's only cool when its taboo.

1 comment:

  1. I like thinking about the question of whether or not there exists a concept of morality or good outside of societal protocols. Many poststructural theorists (and Marxists, and others) would suggest that you cannot transcend culture and find a way out of society. But some eastern (and western) religion and philosophy surely question this. I like the way you think about "technology" not as something on the cutting edge, but as all tools that we use in order to do something that we cannot do naturally or alone. Liz Ahl, from the English dep't here at PSU, once pointed out to me that the pencil is "a technology." Your post is interesting since it almost persuades me that ethics and morals are suspect, and should perhaps be dismissed in favor of a kind of "do what you will" attitude of acceptance (don't intrude on others' self-sovereignty, but don't hold back from robot sex). But on the other hand, it seems to gesture at the end to an idea that some kind of technologies can be used for perverse or wasteful pursuits. But to me, this paradox is the meat of it: in a world where most things seem possible, there is both beauty and danger in embracing that enormous everything.

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