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Complete Introductions Collection 8

 

by Ben Huot

 

October 23, 2020

in more formats

First Things

Reliability of Knowledge

Time for God

Rhythm in Doubt

Young Earth

Video Games and Theology

Waiting Time

First Things

 

 

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Reliability of Knowledge

Many people have come to the conclusion

That you can just find the truth

By reading from a periodical you agree with

That time has long since passed

There are so many ways information can get compromised

 

Non Technical

First of all there is a lot of money involved

Journalists want to keep their job so they write about what their advertisers want

Second most of the news still written by people is not free anymore

And the few free human written articles of any length are disappearing fast because people will not pay for it

Really the average person does not have adequate time to inform themselves enough to vote

We cannot all agree on one source of news that is non-biased

Journalists are not experts and they rely on experts that all have different ideas from any field of knowledge

As an existentialist and through life experiences I believe that people cannot be objective even if they tried and that saying you are objective is similar to saying you are God

So this whole European Enlightenment idea that you can always find documentation of everything powerful people want to hide is definitely not credible today

As we have seen with ransomware if you have enough money or power you can still secure information about yourself

Security is just not an option for poor people

There is no honest person alive today that has a chance in any position of power

People do not believe this because they don’t want to.

People believe that their world is safe and stable so they can raise families and create communities

But the information revolution will fundamentally alter society before it is fully worked its way into our culture to the point of their being no way out several hundred years from now (if humanity lasts that long)

Current Situation

Good hacking is traceless and now we have professional criminals focusing on online crimes

Right now we have two major systems for the most important documents for things like military, banks, hospitals, and local governments where the old paper system is very slowly being migrated to a digital system

Almost every computer system of value including local schools, hospitals, and city governments even in rural areas no one has heard of are being completely compromised

The Internet itself was never designed to be secure fundamentally and there has definitely not been any attempt at adding on security by default or encryption by default at all levels

Web browsers run programming code and have so many things to attack and are so vital to computing they are often a more attractive target than the personal computer itself

Things like portable drives, printers, cameras, TVs, clocks, microwaves, refrigerators and anything else with a computer chip can be hacked easily and are hard to secure or even update

Even the best and most secure system out there need constant update fix problems

Soon there will be almost impossible to verify anyone or any information with any certainty including for crimes and personal information

We now need artificial intelligence to have any possibility of detection of malware because of advanced evasion techniques like no files, no writing to drive, no central server for coordination, use of legitimate security software, updating of malware code, encryption, slight modification of other malware, creation of backdoors, using vulnerabilities no one else is aware of, tech support services for hackers, new and novel techniques every so often with national intelligence funding

Everyone is being surveilled in every way possible by government, criminals, tech companies, and average people all working together

It is very easy to spread rumors about anything and make up things about others even for little gain by the attackers

Then there are hackers and artificial intelligence which can write convincing articles that are not true by anyone’s stretch of the imagination

Both videos and articles can now be faked although seemingly genuine with very little money or time with incredible results

All phone numbers in the US can be faked easily and cheaply and so can every part of your web browser and all its controls

Almost all US social security numbers have been compromised

Aren’t Even Trying

Then there are data entry errors because people are not careful enough when they record things

Also little of our computing infrastructure utilizes even basic best practices and is so old and poorly written that to upgrade it properly would probably involve re-entering all the information plus re-evolve computers from scratch

Most software today is composed mostly of other people’s work with no reliable way to verify the validity and the integrity of this third party software

Most companies and the government actively try to collect the most information possible and lose the information to criminals because of poor security practices

It is also is common for passwords themselves to be stolen when a company gets a security breach and these are valuable because people use the same password for multiple sites so their entire lives can be effectively stolen and the victim is completely locked out

We have computer error and overuse of artificial intelligence for even things like public policy

Making Things Worse

We also have the fallout from American, Israeli, Russian, Chinese, Iranian, North Korean and many more countries national intelligence services where they make hacks to hurt their target country and then it is repackaged to be used by criminal hackers

Even national intelligence services train their members to spread false information, commit and implicate others in crimes, falsify documents, break through any security, change data at will, and even turn on their colleagues

It now takes few skills and little money to hack into almost anything with US government funded research and development, modern cloud infrastructure of major tech companies, the creativity of bored teens, and the motivation and criminal experience of Russian mafia

The criminal justice system wants to break into everything they can and aid and use services of criminal hackers to compromise security further

Everything now depends on electronics especially since COVID-19 Flu and now everyone that can seem to be working from home

Unworkable Solutions

The problem with trying to track hackers is that good hacking is traceless and hackers start their hacks by first impersonating or implicating someone else

In any system that requires identification for use of computerized device is subject to both the ability of others to compromise it and lock you out of your own system

If we did try to make a real radical measure like not allow people to delete any files the average person would be confused and couldn’t do basic things but hackers would be like gods because they would find a way around it

Even for people with backups the malware often destroys these first

Most of the threats are totally new in what parts of the software system they attack and how the hackers attack the victim and defend their malware from your security software

Artificial intelligence can be helpful but it can be used by the hackers as well

The Only Solutions

Don’t be important

Don’t trust anyone especially through any electronic or remote communication

People are not who they say they are

You can be a victim ever if you aren’t important

Don’t make anyone mad especially online

Change password immediately if compromised

Keep your important papers, numbers, and financial records in print format

Time for God

I can still breathe

Praise God

We have had a tough year

Many have lost

The breath of life

 

Many are so consumed

With anger and bitterness

They barely take a breath

Before exhaling hate

 

We have put the economy

Through decades worth of changes

In only one year

Many lost their homes

And many struggled to breathe

 

In my own community

The skies literally turned

Red, orange, or yellow in color

A big nasty insect

Looms over our near future

Also orange in color

 

We seek an anchor

To hold us

In this time of great change

The news becomes a singularity

A choice which will unfold

As a lose-lose situation

Where have all the real people gone

 

We will be ok

Once we again admit

That we need God

Without conditions

With allegiance undivided

 

What is life

What is reality

If we find other people

On other planets

What would they think of us

 

The whole world pulls closer

As we continue to fight each other

Nation against nation

And those who build

Against those who destroy

Everyone and everything

Can disappear without notice

 

So much anger and revenge

The poor always get hit the hardest

Those who sacrifice most

Are quickly and easily forgotten

And some may never be known at all

As might be best for their own safety

We question more and more

About things we once were sure of

But do we have to be so mean

And turn on our neighbors

 

The Internet has finally grown up

It is now the focus of

Crime, warfare, money, and hope

 

We have delayed many decisions

Over and over again

But it won’t belong until

We are forced to choose

Many see the future

To be the outcome of our election

But many see us as mere pawns

 

We are becoming a civilization

That might leave literally nothing behind

Other than our trash

Will language and writing

Survive the information revolution

People are now bored

With any form of learning

They want to be entertained

And they want huge benefits

Even though they put out little effort

 

The big down to the little

Are all corrupt

From the individual to giant corporations

All focused on short terms things

Like reputation or stock portfolios

Does anyone care about anything lasting

Does tomorrow matter anymore

 

When we think of the state of people

And the state of our planet

The one thing all our problems

Have in common is us

We Need God

Now more than ever

 

Let us use this time we are voting

To stop and think and listen

Stop to take a breath

And pause to reflect

The world wants us to think

We are in control of our future

But all of us are peons

In comparison to our Creator

And we only breathe because of Him

 

Let us spend more time with God

And less time debating each other

Let us learn from our past mistakes

But more importantly

Learn we all need God to simply live

We appreciate our country

At least with words and pictures

But how do we show we appreciate

The Creator of us and everything else

 

With so much destruction in our wake

We must accept our own personal responsibility

For how things have gotten out of control

We have had many problems

Going back at least thousands of years

But never have we had such

Disrespect and contempt for God

 

We need to dial back the criticism

When it comes to God

And have a little humility

Considering He is watching us

Can you not believe in what you cannot prove

Can we have science leave religion alone

And have religion leave science alone

 

We have too much respect

For many things we don’t understand

Why is it harder to believe in a God

Who you cannot fully understand

We have a lot less control over our lives

Than we want to admit

Maybe this non-pandemic can help us

See how much we need God

 

As we take a moment to breathe

And listen to God’s voice

Maybe we need to take a break

From assuming we know everything

Allow some doubt in what we believe in

 

Not in God but those other things

That we give our allegiance to

That compete with God for our attention

This other things we think we cannot live without

Loyalties to other people, causes, and organizations

That are not focused on glorifying God

 

Why do we need to compromise our morality

Moral responses to problems are never easy

But religion was not meant to be easy

Because life itself is not easy

Do you think being God is so easy

 

The most natural thing is human nature

But that is just how we see it now

Why do we need to accept this premise

When we think of law and order

Let us think of God and His will

Not that of our chosen leaders

 

God has already chosen us

To be representatives of Him

In our lives and our communities

God honors us be welcoming us

Into His family

It is time we honor Him

With our time

Rhythm in Doubt

What is freedom

What are its limits

What is its cost

When do we get past this

 

When do we accept who we are

How do we know

What to choose and when

Are we really free

Freedom makes little sense

 

Are we free

To make just one choice

The choice to fight for control

Or give up and follow God

 

How do you win

If you just give up

How do you gain eternal life

With just one prayer

 

Is it a life of struggle

That cements our inner faith

Or is it a feeling

That hits us in the middle of the night

 

Did we just destroy ourselves

Or did I just blink

How do you make sure

You are not left behind

 

How do you control your will

If you are not in control

Does that mean God is

We struggle for God

But isn’t it He

That does all the work

The faith beyond reason

The logic of the spirit

 

How do we think like God

If we can’t read His thoughts

One you start the journey

How do you know when to stop

When you follow your conscience

Is there ever a wider road

 

If I die tonight

What is my life worth

If I live forever

Does this life even matter

 

Why does religion make more sense

To the foolish than the wise

Why does God forgive

The truly depraved

 

How do we know

How to please God

When we can barely

Make it through the day

 

Is religion an art

That we master with practice

Or a secret formula

That we are given silently

 

How is the Bible so simple

Yet we fail to comprehend

Is it that religion is

Hard to do right

Or do we just not care enough

 

Why would someone

Not believe in God

Why am I mentally will

 

In seeking wisdom

Why do we need a time of testing

If we fail so often

Why does God give us free choice

 

How do you accept pain in life

And never question God

If you care for the lost

How do you accept some

Are already found

 

When the road is most difficult

Why is its hard to see God

When pain overwhelms

Why does God not intervene

 

People talk of the problem of suffering

They talk about it as if

It is God’s problem

Did God create evil

Then we did achieve something

All on our own

 

If the goal is not to be good

What is the point of wisdom

If we are saved regardless

Why do we still pray

If life is so short

Why is it such a struggle

 

In each day we begin anew

But our sins still affect us

If it is wrong to worry

Why is it so hard to relax

God intervenes so much

So why doesn’t He show us

 

In each phase of life

Some have different problems

While some fight

The same enemy

All the days of their life

 

If we cannot get past sin

How do we live with ourselves

If we do not experience joy

How do we know what heaven is

 

If we cannot accept our limitations

Why do we have such ambitions

If someone has little to give

Why do they try so hard

If you cannot see God

Why does He always stay close

 

When your time runs out

Why do you fear the inevitable

How can you just accept

That people will suffer

And not try to stop it

How can you accept Christianity

And ever give up the fight

 

If you truly do not believe in God

Why are you so angry with Him

We think we are so logical

But most of our lives are emotional

What makes us different from animals

Is our subjectivity not our souls

 

Why would God create something good

He would later throw away

If He wants to save us

Surely He has a plan for animals

 

When we see how evil the world is

How can we accept our contributions

When we see others suffer unnecessarily

Why don’t we try something different

 

If we believe in God

Why does politics matter so much

If we believe God is real

Why are we so afraid of the devil

 

If we do not fear ourselves

Can we say we have read the Bible

If we never struggled

How could we understand how bad we are

 

If we never find a resolution

Can we ever get past our failures

If there is no point in life

What is the point in saying that

What is the point of saying God is dead

Does that mean we don’t exist

 

If science has the last word

What happens when they change their minds

If morality varies by age and time

What is the point of being good

If we cannot experience heaven on earth

How can we make it until we get there

 

There is a gut response to things

And there is a more educated guess

Should they be different or the same

We have emotional questions

Why do we expect logical answers to them

Young Earth

Disclaimer

The following poem is a fantasy story illustrating many ideas in philosophy from Taoism, Existentialism, and ideas about having Schizophrenia and ideas from Tolkien and the music of Max Richter.

This is not meant to be about religion nor is it any account of actual history.

I did try to make it so it was not directly contrary to the Bible, but it is not meant to be Biblical in any way.

It was written in a stream of consciousness while I was very much awake.

Some of the events may not even be logical and have holes in reasoning as is in many stories and even many people's theories of things.

Poem

A sound in the early morning

Like a singe ray of light

Bursting in like a robber

From out of nowhere

Growing slowly

Like a child in the womb

To a young adult

 

Then a break in the noise

And the fall of soft rain

Another melody starts

Like a single note

From a single instrument

In the audience of a symphony

 

An invisible hand

Orchestrates the start of morning

The sun races across the sky

And the day is like night

Slowly fading into yellow

 

Did I miss the day

Lost in a dream

 

Sleep is a strange thing

Spontaneous and subtle in nature

Exporting us to another reality

The other side of our mind

That takes backstage

During our waking hours

 

When we are not asleep

We fixate on little things

Like the tapping of the rain

Upon the window

And the footsteps pacing above

 

But although we think our minds empty

When we dream

It is in these silent times

That our minds race

Creating thoughts and reconciling events

 

Emotions are more vivid

As our logical side diminishes

We experience dreams as impulses

As an older time in our history

Before the modern wold

Before even farms and cities

 

When the land was at rest

And it was we who were hunted

That early development in our minds

That predates our understanding of history

 

A reality like that of a foreign world

Where we responded to action

Without excessive thought

We need to be people who fought

Not in a metaphorical sense

But ones that struggled just to live

 

Where we experienced freedom

In its rawest form

Where fear was ever present

And sights and sounds were heightened

And our daily experiences

Were surreal and eventful

 

A day did not go by

That we did not struggle for our lives

Our minds were clear as the outdoor air

Unclouded by the factories and megacities

Our minds were so clear

That we could see even in the dark

Our thoughts took flight and emitted light

 

We were not separate from nature

And every experience was spiritual

We did not need to find enlightenment

As wisdom was not challenged by technology

 

The first tool was fire

Like a double edged sword

It cut both ways

And enemy and a friend

Much as other people, animals, and our entire world

 

With each step forward

Everything was new

There was always plenty of wood

And the rivers were full of fish

 

We did not sit down in school

We were always running

As soon as we learned to crawl

There was no need for speech

For ages sound was a luxury

 

We treated each other as rivals

We respected each other

But were able to respond to violence

In less than a moment’s notice

 

What we knew at the time

Was not like what we now write down

Even then we had no words

For most of what we felt and believed

 

God was very real to us

Much as He is in your time as well

We respected God

And He did not anger us

 

With each passing day

We looked to the stars

And just accepted His role

We knew that He was our Creator

And we were His children

 

We lived in a vast garden

Tended to by Him

As we grew older

We began to walk with Him

In the cool of the day

 

We never thought of technology

Like you do today

And our knowledge of fear

Was of merely a warning

And pain was similar

 

We did not fear death

As we did not die yet

What you think of now as violence

Started out just as a game

To test our skills and strength of mind

 

We used to leave our homes

With no locks or guards

There was no reason for walls

As no one was trying to steal

As we had no possessions

 

We had heard of a great city

A city of light on a hill

It was thought of as an idea

But some believed it real

 

The way to it was like a gate

The gate was overgrown with vegetation

And there were no people around it

It stood in the center of the garden

 

We knew to not go near it

Because it was our one rule

We called it the golden rule

Because from the gate it glowed

Like the golden fish in our rivers

 

This color was unlike any other

It was not just a color

But a mist and a living and moving thing

We approached it with reverence

 

From the water surrounding it

We drank for strength and vitality

Only one at a time

In each family

 

We had one person

Be drawn into the light

And pass on to the other side

We never heard of them again

 

Soon we saw a great warrior

Stand before us with a great blade

And he was surrounded with fire

With each swing of his sword

 

The vegetation caught fire

And we were soon left

With a patch of dirt and ash

Much like that of a volcano

 

We then scattered across

The entire planet

People feared death then

So many died soon after

 

It was hard to grow things

And we starved for many years

Without the light from the portal

The nights were even darker

And sleep was less satisfying

 

Even in our darkest moments

We held out hope of our Creator

To provide us a way forward

From the consequences of our sin

 

We heard a prophecy about a book

That would be written

That told our story

And that God Himself

Would enter our world

And defeat the evil within us

 

Many people wanted to join together

And build great stone monuments

And live under the rule of other people

In exchange they were protected and fed well

 

Those who resisted this change

Would have to fight wars

To stand their ground

And worship God instead of technology

 

We would not bow down to the leaders

So the cities rejected us

And we began a great migration

To the other side of the world

 

Some thought the world was ending

But this was just the beginning

Our descendants did not survive long

But our story did

 

Video Games and Theology

A line drawn

Like a wet cloth

Wiped across my face

A face painted

Like a sports fan or a warrior

Bright colors

Painted on faces

 

Bright blue bodies

Painted for war

Bright pink and orange powder

All over the place

For a great celebration

The joy of paint

The beauty of art

 

Being a painting

Is relaxing and fun

What is it like

To be a creation of another

What is it like

To be a work of art

What is it like

To create something

Of value and worth

 

What is it like

To be the product

Of another’s work

What is it like to be raised

By a parent or guardian

Even the birds know

Except for a few unlucky souls

Who have never had the experience

 

Like a computer program

In a planned universe

Like in a video game

We are given free reign

And create our own stories

But are we not grateful

For those who created the game

 

We show our gratitude

By following the game rules

And paying the required fees

Or not disabling the ads displayed

There will always be bad actors

Much as there are evil characters

Planned in the game

 

But those who contribute

And those who merely play along

They are all part of

Something bigger and better

They do not worry or judge

That they cannot create

Such a game all by themselves

In the context of playing the game

Some buy their way forward

And some use planned shortcuts

It is a society of sorts

 

All created by a singular group of people

Sometimes all by one person

A great and glorious undertaking

That may take tens of thousands of hours

Or at least is a lot of work

A good game is hard to make

Partly because of its complexity

Partly due to the value the players add

And partly to timing and spreading the word

 

The whole process is part

Of a business itself

Which adds in more factors as well

But what can really make it fail

Once is gets momentum

Can be the ability of the creators

To respond to the players of the game

To satisfy the crowd

Who are much like observers

But the real actor is

Within the game itself

 

Many games are not built from scratch today

Much as few websites are now

It is these people who

Make these underlying components

That dictate what is possible

For most games

They create tools

For the game’s creators themselves

They build models of physics

Others build tools

To digitally sculpt the characters

Others build tools to test

Possible outcomes and errors in code

 

There are tools to make animations with

And tools to help make characters move

There are tools to create

The terrain and the plant life

They are tools to change the

Appearance of people

And what they wear

 

There are people who make the systems

Underlying these games

To help them work on the devices

Then devices are sold to play games

And the underlying software

 

So if a game is a world

And if there is a serious of abstractions

Where different people engineer

Different aspects

And build off each other’s work

We then have a community of

Engineers and artists

Which are supported by countless others

Forming connections both business and technical

To all sorts of communities

 

The network created now

Becomes an entity in an of itself

Which many refer to as a network effect

This drives money

And this further drives development

This was once called a virtuous cycle

Much as a civilization or economy

Once it is started

A kind of reality of a civilization game

That it would take to make

A civilization game successful

 

And so these worlds within worlds

Or networks within networks

Are much like life and the universe

So much so that that some astrophysicists

Are now theorizing that the entire universe

Is a video game or simulated environment

Made by a more advanced civilization

The Creator - created relationship sounds

Eerily familiar to the one

Of the God of the Bible and people

 

Maybe the whole quandary

Of free will vs. God’s providence

Is really also a natural force

That also works in physics

As we understand it

That is currently understood as

Quantum mechanics

To explain the very small

And general relativity

To explain the very big

 

Maybe the connection between the two

Can be better understood

Through philosophy or theology

Maybe science just outgrew

Its ability to explain itself

As philosophy once gave birth to science

 

Science was one known as natural philosophy

And the foundation for physics

This was known as metaphysics

Put together by arguably the first scientist

In western civilization

 

Science may now have to

Return to philosophy

To be able to build a coherent

Explanation for even practical applications

Even in the applied sciences and engineering

Based on purely physical phenomena

 

That may serve as a gateway

To people’s renew interest in philosophy

From within science itself

 

Regardless this metaphor

Gives us a model

Is fairly consistent

And leaves us with less holes

Than many similar arguments

 

Maybe pastors will talk about

Video games in church services

And kid will stop playing them

While the pastor talks

 

Waiting Time

Standing in line

To enter the gas chamber

Standing in line

To throw a live grenade

Waiting to ship off

For basic training

Waiting for my enlistment to end

Waiting for the fear to lessen

Waiting to get my disability recognized

Waiting for the fatigue to pass

Waiting for a better medicine

 

Waiting for terrorism to end

Waiting for us to stop torturing

Waiting for the government

To stop stalking us

Waiting for the government

To get something done

Waiting for the news

To stop making people afraid

Waiting for the politicians

To stop screaming for once

 

Waiting for the riots to end

Waiting for the tear gas to dissipate

Waiting to be evacuated

Waiting for the fires to end

Waiting for businesses to reopen

Waiting for the governor’s latest notions

Waiting for a new president

Waiting for this era to end

 

Waiting for people to accept

The modern world is failing

Waiting for people to accept

It is all our own fault

Waiting for God to return

Waiting to see Heaven

 

Is it just a different

Way of thinking

Or only a technology

Or does it go deeper

We have long forgotten

The difference between

Hunter-gather and farming societies

It is one of those things

We just assume that it is better

We just assume it is a better way

We just assume it is the only way

We think about machines

The same way today

There existence is just assumed

To make life better

Along the way

The goal posts are moved

And the basis for comparison is lost

Our world moves faster and faster

It used to be timeless

Now we are using everything up

We are going through centuries

Of social revolution in mere decades

We are again running out of energy

And running out of raw materials

Like before the Spanish and Portuguese

Started their colonies

And first challenged the Ottomans

But we have nowhere to go now

And no one to conquer

There is no way for us to start over

Individually or collectively

We cannot even go out for an evening

Into the woods and hear ourselves think

Or go anywhere far from people

The wild animals are finding few places

To stay away from people

We cannot really sleep well

As our screens are always on

Even when the lights are out

 

Popular computer use in general started

As an escape from the modern world

Many people thought meaningful change

Would have happened by now

Many put great hope in the Internet

It was my generation’s frontier

And people had the ability

To work together and improve our world

Like all utopias the scammers came in

And so many found such easy money

It really is a deep element

In the soul of our nation

Not thinking of consequences

Not thinking deeply enough

We swindled the Native Americans

And got their rightful inheritance

We fooled ourselves

Thinking China would sleep forever

And that the Russians

Would not copy our strategies

That we would keep our greatest secrets

No matter how sloppy we became

From those we thought were irrelevant

And the poorest and weakest

Have now climbed our backs

And have turned the tables on us

They are working harder than ever

And we are working as little as possible

It is said that during the medieval period

Peasants ascended to royalty

And royalty descended into peasants

This would take a total of 6 generations

For the complete cycle

What we consider living like a monk today

Would be considered hedonistic

In most eras of history

And even most regions of the world today

 

Why do we find it so hard

To think outside the box

That we have created

To make the modern world

Why do we seem to run into problems

Wherever we look

We seek big and flashy solutions

Like great dams or great submarines

At the same time

We look to solve our problems

With as little effort as possible

Spending money is of often easier

For us than devoting time

To many this world

Would seem like a utopia

And yet many people today are unhappy

And the suffering in the world

Is greater than ever before

Is this technology’s fault

Or is it that we substituted science for God

 

We are now ruled by the machines

And those who understand them

Because we are treating them as magic

They hold power in our lives

Because we value them greatly

But we will never become better people

And so with such amazing power

We abuse it like with every other addiction

We want the power it gives us

But we do not want to do the hard work

To understand and use it responsibly

Computers were supposed to make life easier

But they have really made life more complicated

Part of the problem is computers were never designed

For the uses we use them for now

In terms of reliability, security, and compatibility

Computers almost never happened

And most of the history of the last 500 years

Needed to happen as it did

For us to even have computers

As we now know them

And we wanted more and more features

Which made things more and more complex

And then we ran into the problem

Of people using computers

Without ever learning how

They really work underneath

Then we drag in our fights in politics and religion

Into every aspect of the Internet

We basically magnify and recycle

The same ideas until they become dangerous

 

Security has gotten really bad

As the professional criminals

Just started a few years ago

To use the Internet

As the main venue for crimes

We are becoming a society

Where it is impossible to enforce laws

Because anyone can fake anything now

Including our identities

Which will make law enforcement irrelevant

And the police are actively and deliberately

Making the problem much worse

For themselves and us

 

How do we as mere peons

Affect any change in this world

Spiritually, of course!

We first must accept that

We cannot change others

We have to look in the mirror

And change that person

We can always make things better or worse

No matter who or where we are

We can choose our attitude

If we can choose nothing else

It is hard to wait on the world to change

But maybe we can change

Our individual lives

And find peace and joy spiritually

We can make everything

We do have control over

The best we can make it

And we just need to make sure

The machines don’t control our souls

They need to serve us

Not the other way around

Just as we need to serve God