Automagic

In a sense we have had Artificial Intelligence running our countries for a very long time.

One of the properties of an AI is that it is a de-personalized automatic system which decides/declares truth based on a set of rules/laws. 

  • De-personalized: It is pure essence, without hypostasis. There is no true man at the heart of the machine. It has no father, no mother, no heart. It has no “sense” of direct, intuitive, connection to other Persons or persons with whom it has communion, and life together, for whom it has duty and obligation, and to whom it shows love and gratitude. These organic aspects of human personhood are absent. Rather, it is the fruits and behaviors of such a person which are being simulated, by means of created effects. They do not flow spontaneously from the personal nature of the entity, but are  contrivances executing an ulterior motives which are, by necessity, alien to the interaction. In other words there is “no one” present in the interaction, but the echo of the operation of a now foreign and bodiless mind.
  • Automatic: It operates without reference to any other person but purely upon triggered sets of deterministic and probabilistic algorithms. It “speaketh of itself” (ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων λαλεῖ). 
  • Systems, Schemas, Rulesets: The problem with systems is the same as the problem of maps. In order to make a map detailed enough to represent the entire world you would need a map the scale of the entire world. And yet even that would not be enough. And the goals of these “representations” are to quantify and measure “just enough” to be able to navigate or control with one’s will.  That is to say, Cybernetics.

But all of this seems to be the same pattern upon which our modern societies have been instituted. The sort of bureaucratic libido dominandi which appears as a sort of inescapable “law of nature”...

But take heart, child...

Lao-Tzu: “A way can be a guide, but not a fixed path; names can be given, but not permanent labels.”

Chuang-Tzu: “But if you hide the world in the world, there is no possibility of getting away.  This is the great reality that is constant in all things.”