October 30, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 8
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. The following headline caught my eyes this week and while I am certainly dismayed, I am hardly surprised. The middle road of the Realistic Optimist or the Optimist By Choice is not as well marked as the ones on either side.
This article and others like it just reaffirm for me that while we are a species of tool inventors and tool users, our evolution in these regards has generally always been way out in front of the rules we make regarding how the wheel, gunpowder, atomic energy and cyberspace will be used.
And here’s one right out of Arnold Schwarzenegger In The 21st Century. The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own It also has a Scriptural spin.
As the creation of a Creator, we have created a creation and given it the power to kill. Just like God did when She gave us free will. She hoped we would use it for good, as I’m sure the Pentagon hopes its creation will only kill the bad guys.
But according to the Bible, the first murder in human history was committed on a good guy. By a good guy whose perspective ~ and therefore his behavior ~ was modified by a toxin that has killed more human beings since Time began that the mosquito. Cain was jealous of Abel.
I also think that the evolution of killing technology makes taking a human life far too easy. We have aerial drones doing it for us now so robotic ground troops are a logical next step. If it was just killer junk killing other killer junk, it might be like destruction derbies on a geopolitical scale.
But it’s not. We are using killer junk to kill human beings and sometimes other life forms. And our tax dollars are paying for it. And now we are being told that these things might get out of control and decide who they want to eliminate?
We need a better game plan than that, folks. Otherwise, we’re safer bashing each other with rocks and clubs until we evolve beyond this behavior.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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For my column this week, I came across this article about the challenges that face French police in the wake of the recent attack on their colleagues in the Paris suburb of Viry-Chatillon, “Who Protects The Protectors?
The police are to serve and protect. That is quite straightforward in case of terrorist attacks but in case of street protest, the mission and the mandate are not so well defined. That makes their job even harder. I think we need to remember this now more than ever and because of stories like this:
The sad irony is that while people rise against injustice, they far too often associate their police as ones who are on side of “the enemy,” not realizing that those who wear a badge are in the same boat, being just employees trying to pay the rent and feed their families.
This same dynamic took place in my country during Ukraine’s recent revolution. Here, there were even calls to track in social networks families of policemen that outraged people. Luckily most understood that it is not a way civilized societies do.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be safe, my cousin.
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