The last article tackled human consciousness and all its thoughts, hopes and memories, which kindle the emotions of love or pain, that consciousness which people strive -through researches and inventions- to control! The “Google Brain” project which is claimed to aim at employing the artificial intelligence to serve humankind, especially in the scientific and academic fields, and to face education challenges. The last article was concluded with a question roaming in many heads concerning such ablaze conflict: Will it become a striving towards life, or a breakdown dragging to destruction?!
Yes, what the world is witnessing today is a conflict indeed: “An old new conflict”! New with regards to its garment, but old in its purposes. It is a conflict in which some people have striven for obtaining power and control, despite its features get changed now and then. In the past, the conflict was a quest to acquire wealth, and the world witnessed shameful tragedies inerasable from the memory of history all over the world. People have tried to control their humanity partners by enslaving them, as happened to the Africans when they were grabbed from their countries to become slaves, and European countries occupied other countries in pursuit of power and wealth. No sooner had the curtain been brought down on this epoch, than the garment of authority has changed concerning taking away people’s freedom of thinking and choice, the peak was reached through the notions presented by communism in an attempt to remove God from people’s life by forcing them to deny His existence, or else they would die! It is a conflict which waged a war, destroying entire countries and stripping millions of innocents of their lives.
The garment has changed again, in a quest for controlling people by means of technical progress witnessed along the past decades, the path that has begun is to control human minds by transmitting rumors and confusing ideas, causing the so called “Arab Spring Revolutions”; where other methods were used on social media and elsewhere in order to maintain control over people’s thought, directing them towards seemingly freedom purposes, while in fact they were ways to disintegration, weakness and collapse! This is where some countries wound up, trying now to find their right path towards survival.
Today, the world is witnessing the prodigiously developed controlling chips, which deals superbly with the human brain and the things surrounding it (as I mentioned in previous articles); aiming at making life easier and better. However, at the same time, it is a premature warning alarm, I have received a comment from one of the distinguished university presidents in which he said: “Who knows, those who control these chips might transform human beings into identical human mutants subject to the ideas they present! It is not excluded that mighty armies might be mobilized, made to move unconsciously towards a place or a number of places in order to destroy them, or to achieve a mission at best.” It is a real wake-up call to every human being in the world and in particular to all the world leaders. Man might become totally deprived of will, and that would make him lose his humanitarianism after having one chip or two installed, rather he will become a machine in a living body losing all the humanitarian concepts that God has created within us.
I am cocking your eyes all on these issues, as today we have become in dire need of wisdom which distinguish between the evil, the semi-evil and the good, not the wisdom of this world, but I mean the wisdom which God grants to us, we can obtain it only through praying and supplicating to Him, as said in Christianity: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Also, in Islam: “Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you. Surely those who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell, fully humbled.” In such hard times, we have to abide in God, the only way of survival; Lord Christ told us about this when said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” And… Stories never end in beautiful Egypt!
The General Bishop
Head of the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Center21 October 2020