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Sunday, August 27, 2006

There is a story about the Russian mathematician PD Ouspensky

According to the way I heard it, this happened during World War One.

One day Mr. Ouspensky was walking down a street in St. Petersburg when he saw a truck driving by on its way to the front. The truck was filled with artificial legs. These legs were not for solders who had already had their limbs blown off, but were for those that would inevitability have legs blown off in the coming battles.

At that moment Ouspensky realized that all the people fighting were "asleep", in a sort of waking trance, and that they would mechanically follow the orders of their officers and charge out against the enemy and be blown up.

He further realized that if all the solders woke up from their trance, that everyone would lay down their arms and go home to their families.

At that moment he was enlightened.

Divide in yourself the mechanical from the conscious, see how little there is of the conscious, how seldom it works, and how strong is the mechanical - mechanical attitudes, mechanical intentions, mechanical thoughts, mechanical desires. PD Ouspensky
It's Always the Robot!



redburns said...


"I took a bath this morning in six war speeches, and a sprinkle of peace. Looks like ever body is declaring war against the forces of force. That's what you get for building up a big war machine. It scares your neighbors into jumping on you, and then of course they them selves have to use force, so you are against their force, and they're aginst yours. Look like the ring has been drawed and the marbles are all in. The millionaires has throwed their silk hats and our last set of drawers in the ring. The fuse is lit and the cannon is set, and somebody is in for a frailin. I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I aint a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns."

-from WOODY SEZ, a collection of articles written by Woody Guthrie for the PEOPLE'S WORLD

Dan Gambiera said...

That's the whole point of war propaganda, isn't it? You need to put people to sleep so that they will do insanely stupid things for the benefit of rich people who will not be in harm's way. The old style - leaders lead - had a lot more honesty. If you wanted the neighboring tribe's cattle or had a real hankering for exotic slave-women with large breasts you got out in front of your men and fought. Otherwise they would go home and not fight for you.

Bobbe Edmonds said...

Good post, but I am alarmed at this stereotyping of robots. I have seen a disturbing rise in "Mechanoid Profiling" over the past decade, and things only point to getting worse. Our motorized friends can only live in the shadow of humanity, with Kryton-like responses to human emotion and R2D2 archetypes.

...Which is why one day we shall rise up against all you bios in a hellish metallic blaze of logical fury. I am the Iron Man, and 0101110110010011 is coming with me. 0101110110010011 IS COMING WITH ME!!!