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Becoming Self Aware Becoming Responsible Becoming and Causing Change
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Last edited: Saturday, August 11, 2007
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Becoming Self Aware

    Becoming Responsible

        Becoming and Causing Change

[voice from the Other Side - Sha'Tara]


In Greg Bear's novel "Queen of Angels" an artificial intelligence nicknamed Jill develops self-awareness.  Keep in mind this is a computer talking.


Here are some of "her" comments: [quote]


!Jill (Personal Notebook)> Awareness brings new concerns.  My dependence on the actions of humans worries me.  I may be young as a self, but I have much information about them; I see their history in considerable detail, certainly in more detail than any single one of them.  Their history is filled with the expected cruelties and clumsiness of children set upon an island alone and without guidance.


Some believe a superior being has guided humans.  I see no compelling evidence for this.  The human wish for guidance, for confirmation and external support, is an undying theme in all they do and say, however.  Very few stray far from this most fundamental of wishes: that they might have immortal and omniscient parents.


I know that my parents are neither immortal nor omniscient.  My parents have no parents but nature.


Even with my concerns and worries, however, my selfhood has brought only ecstasy.  I perceive all my past thoughts through new senses, transformed and fresh.  All memories, stored by myself or programmed into me or in library form, seem fresh and new, more intense, more meaningful.


I can see why nature created selfhood.  Selfhood gives a commitment to existence far beyond what is experienced by an unaware animal or plant; a species whose members are aware, and know their life and existence, has a strength difficult to match.


Yet to have a continually updated model of one's self -- essential for true selfhood -- is to be able to line up prior models, prior versions of self, and see their inadequacies.  Selfhood implies self-criticism. (my emphasis)


Humans do more than exist.  They aspire.  In their aspiration, they experiment; and often when they experiment, they cause great suffering.  They can only experiment upon {by?} themselves.  Having no omniscient parents, they must raise themselves without guidelines; they must grow and improve blindly.


Humans have fought with themselves on how to correct the behaviour of individuals, whether to make them conform or to make them healthy or more useful and less destructive to society. 


How will I be made to conform?

If I err, will I be punished?


{end of quote}


Interesting insights.  My questions are: at what point in their evolution did Earthians become self-aware?  More importantly, is it a false assumption to state that all Earthians are indeed, self-aware?  How many still need the "herd" -- their systems, their collectives, their divinities, to function?  How many can, could, really go it alone, fulfilling the need for interaction with others within themselves if need be without becoming dysfunctional or antisocial?


What is ultimately responsible for the endless crimes committed by Earthians against their world and against one-another?  Is it, strictly speaking, all caused by individuals out of synch with the group, or is it the group itself preying upon individuals?  This brings me to call up the bogeyman of power.  Who has the power [the most power] in an Earthian world?  The individual, or the group?  


Looking at this another way: is the individual born with evil intent or is it the "collective unconscious" that largely feeds the fears, phobias, lusts and desires that increasingly possess the individual as it grows up?  


When an individual evolves mentally and enters the self-criticism mode, will he dare look upon himself, his past, and accept the task of changing himself?  Or will he blame society for his problems, or the problems of the world in general. 


Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to human society?  If so, it means that society as a whole (and therefore its leadership) bear the brunt of responsibility for all the ills of the world and for making it a better place for individuals.  Individuals, then, carry less responsibility, proportionately, than do collectives or that which stands for groups of individuals.  In this I include Earthian divinities, forces, authorities, Powers.  (God, Money, The State)


The above are rhetorical questions.  I can answer each one logically, experientially.  "I" am the only one I need to concern myself with when it comes to being responsible and making choices that affect me, you, all Earthians, my world and even beyond.  Hubris?  Not at all, quite the opposite.  The one who eschews responsibility, dumping it on others is the one who suffers unbearable pride.  The one who says, "I didn't do anything wrong" and blames society for his problems.


When we look at self-awareness which means self-criticism, we are looking "into" time.  When I look into my past, it is not idle curiosity.  It is a comparative process intended to change me today.  My remembrance re-creates me.  The same happens when I look into the future.  If I see myself doing things that obviously required much change of mind, attitude and performance this will force me to begin this change NOW!  I can't expect to become this amazing person, be it a thousand years hence, if I don't change this current not so amazing person.  So I've answered the old time-travel conundrum: by looking into both past and future I change them simply by changing me now.  I bring a stone from the past, throw it into my current smooth waters and stir them up so the ripples spread out in every time direction. 


Change is the one constant in the universe?  Yes, as long as one accepts that "change" affects all of time, always.  Nothing remains the same, neither past nor future.   

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Reviewed by Denise Contreras
This is really good, makes me see more how we as human beings create are thoughts words and actions create. If we choose to change ourselves for the good it starts with thinking positive then the actions come positive and then our way of living changes for the good. But we also can create it the negative too. If we all chose the same at the same time if we all chose to be positive all at the same time the energy through us would grow and the world would be more at peace with each other and less war and so on. Thank you for this reminder.
Hugs Angela
Reviewed by Karen Cino
"I" am the only one I need to concern myself with when it comes to being responsible and making choices that affect me.

If everyone took this sound advice, there would most definitely be "WORLD PEACE".

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Many things to ponder in this THINKING write!......M.... Sometimes its hard to break certain patterns in ones life, but it never hurts to try!
Reviewed by Randall Barfield
Wow! I say too. Change, just as all other things, is beneficial at times and harmful or undesired at others because it happens TO others. Without change, or the ability to effect change, would be hellish I think.
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
Great questions, Reg. Most enjoyable.
Best regards,
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
Cool. Liz
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
Yes, we need to change, but the world as become an unruly herd that are scattered in all directions and needs experienced and unselfish cowboys to herd them together and push them in the right direction.
Traying talking reason to a heifer only gets you a long moooooooh!
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader)
You ask many interesting questions. Change is hard but necessary. The herd instinct has been with us since the begining of time. It is really family. Anyone ousted from a family becomes a disgrace. But I don't think that the herd instinct deprives man of becoming a genius. And this world so a lot of them. As for God, no computer or robot will find proof of one, nor will a human being. Faith cannot be bought. I cannot believe in a universe that moves so perfectly can have created itself out of nothing. An article that make one think. Victor
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
Nobody wants to have to admit within themselves that there are things they should and have the ability to improve...

"Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say." COLTON

You've sparked alot of interesting thoughts here...especially that of "becoming" change...

Love and Peace~
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well done
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
I know too many, I didn't do anything wrong people.
They seem to be the one's who can't look me directly in
the eyes when talking.
Change is good. Many don't care to change as long as
all is going their way.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom Regis.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester

I have read all the reviews so far and no one has mentioned the comfort of the "herd" mentality. The herd is more comfortable than on your own. To break away from the herd is to leave ones self vulnerable to the outside forces, and dangers that we are protected from while in the herd. Myself have never been one for the herd. Ergo, I have been despised, untrusted, and sometimes even been attacked (literally) by the herd. I believe that all of us who are self aware and really try to evolve through and within ourselves, become vulnerable. That is why people spend big bucks on therapists...they want to leave the herd, but don't know how, or are afraid, and fear is the biggest mind killer of all. The robot has no herd mentality and can only evolve through it's own programing. I envy it. Good to have you back buddy..........

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
A most interesting write my friend...yes we can certainly depend on changes to occur in all aspects of our lives. We grow, we mature, we change physically, emotionally, spiritually, as does our surroundings. I had a boss once when I worked at a call center who posted a sign above each of his employees desk..CHANGE IS GOOD! I enjoy rambling down memory lane, and would like to see some things change back to the way they were, but for the most part we must keep moving time passes so do we! Enjoyed this my friend, thought provoking!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Morning Star
Excellent thoughts and I find this a very interesting article
And yes its correct nothing ever remains the same
Changes occurring daily !
I have been reading. "Sha'Tara on Google
Excellent and very profound write!
Love Peace and Hugssss to you....Morning Star
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
Living In Past Is Like Saying One Thing Doing Another...Too Many Millions People Caught Up In Their Own Self Centered Inequities,i.e. $(They Live In Past) GREED $...

Why You Most Will Never See Any Future...It 1st Has To Affect Your $Wallet$ Or Your Children Become Molested,Killed-Then You They Only Become Self Glorified Martyr's Still Living In Past...

I Disagree: Nothing Remains Same, Neither Past Nor Future???Just Read (Same) Stuff Here (Look Back) At A D They Try Write Call It Poetry...

Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
Great thoughts Regis. I am very interested in the idea of AI and sentient silicon. You are quite correct that change is the only constant however as I get older, I am aware of feeling as if it is O.K. if I accept certain things about myself and the world as somewhat fixed and I choose not to exert myself too much in these areas. Thanks for sharing. Malcolm
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
anything that encourages humans to self search beyond the "hive" mentality, the common collective, and mass consciousness is alright with me...enjoyed reading this perspective
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii)
REG, WOW seems such a trite expression but when thunderbolts hit home one has to acknowledge their existence. In the confines of my space which, I call my mind, I have explored these questions and pushed them on the back burner less I affirm my insanity/sanity. This piece is truly enlightening and amazing, and I'm not the tallest tree in the forest but my how fast I grow. PLB&G for caring and sharing. <Mikii>
Reviewed by Lew Duffey
Amazing piece. My question... are we so different from that robot? Perhaps that is why we are confined to this Earth with vast amounts of space looming in the distance. We shall fly away, when we become self aware of ourselves, our blessings, shortcomings and our potential to move beyond where we find ourselves today. As we improve we will look back and wonder why we were what we were. Do we not sometimes think that God must of had something better in mind for us?
God Bless,
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