A machine couldn't write this anxiety-fuelled stumble around the topic of transhumanism, that's for sure.
Sounds to me like ChatGPT decided to sensor your idea....either that or you were ghosted!
Really interesting reflections, in one of my jobs I teach marketing and currently it's *all* about AI and in all honesty I think people are getting over excited about it. There's a line that should be drawn and the excitement is blurring the line because some people can see it making their jobs easier....yet missing the fact that if they use it too much it actually removes the need for them altogether.
I most definitely will not be having a chip implanted in my head. Also makes me think of a series of books I read 10-12 years ago about humans essentially having upgrades - tattoos, hair, eyes etc but only if you could afford it and the upgrades showed your financial status - can't remember the title of it now but I hadn't realised how close we were to it at the time.
Milli Hill... i think you ARE a great writer. I LOVE your pieces - sometimes like a stream of (really intelligent, really curious ) consciousness. You limerick was , of course TONS better than the ol' GPT one. I liked your metaphor of the newborn lamb staggering about as regards the new 'transhumanism' idea, which I had not heard about. There is a book that I have bought but not yet read, called ' How to Be more Animal', I think you might like it at this point?
Sending you best wishes and affection - Your writing is SUPERB and thank you for educating me. Going look up transhumanism on the net as well.... so you DO educate us, and provoke thought.... x
Your first paragraph establishes you as a truly superb writer Milli. And if AI takes over all our communication, what will happen to the biscuit makers, I ask you?
Transhumanism is something that I have thought about quite a bit, because it is so enmeshed with transgenderism. https://lucyleader.substack.com/p/the-evolution-to-transhumanism The leading transhumanists are insanely wealthy men in womanface, which pretty much sums up the entire enterprise. It is just one more arm of the well disguised men's rights lobby and once they have completed their mission of erasing women, will move on to the extraneous men who will also be surplus to their requirements. They remind me of the stereotypes of powerful men who kept harems of hundreds of women producing thousands of children to prove their virility and influence.
As animate beings, we are our bodies and celebrating this is vital to our humanity. Any ideology that denies this is selling us a falsehood that will only hurt us and our children.
Your piece reminds me of this poem. The Peace of Wild Things
Written and read by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.