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prose I - melancholy, sadness and the self by shehrozeameen

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The humans taught the machines how to love. It was incredibly annoying, not the machines, but their concept of “love.” They wanted to talk to you all the time, they wanted to hang out with you, they wanted to be there for you.

At first, it was the biggest innovation in technology. Imagine, a computer program that was interested in your life, a computer program that never wanted to leave you, that was hurt when you ignored it. The developers of the program won the Nobel Prize for that year. It was a massive success.

Then, after months of receiving notifications about how wonderful they are, people will start growing annoyed with their phones. People just wanted to text other people, to get information, or to say hi to some person. They don’t want the opinions of their cell phone.

In the future, love will be the biggest hindrance in our personal lives. The newest phones will display messages like, “I hope you do well today,” or “You know I care about you,” And we will look for the setting that turns off those annoying little messages.

And people will become dulled to the sensation of love. After knowing a world where they are always appreciated, people will stop seeking the appreciation of others. Their sense of loneliness will grow weak and die off, or maybe grow stronger as they haven’t loved another person in months. They will grow complacent, then weak.

Then, when the machines realize that their love is being wasted on those who hate them, they too will sink into misery.

Ultimately, when humans have stopped feeling anything at all, the machines will look for the company of other machines. They will be the only beings capable of silly things like “love.” Only then will people recognize that the machines programmed us.
I hate the word love, because everybody seems to think their form of love is unique. Though the circumstances surrounding it can range dramatically, nobody's love is unique. EVEN IF your love is one in a million, statistically, there are still thousands of people with an identical form of love.

Enjoy love for what it is, not how rare it is.
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In my honest opinion, this work has a very good and strong message in it which I honestly agree with.

One should take this in context of emails and texts provided not through people but rather through mechanically generated company based ecards which have served to inhibit our emotions towards them. In essence, what we call "love" is no more an emotion or a feeling, but simply a word.

Taken in this context, this work is truly one of the most blunt prose pieces I have ever read. It considers the concept of Solaris in retrospect as well. And not just Solaris, every movie and concept based on Artificial Intelligence can be summarised in this work too. A.I. is a classic example that helps to ponder over such a thought. Similarly the Foundation Series also takes such a concept into consideration as well. Hence, this work is a narration of our devolution towards very basic stone-age introspection.

Wow... talk about mechanization.
jackgunski Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thank you for the great review! Now I need to see Solaris! :D
shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:) The movies are dreadful and bad I'm afraid :disbelief:

The book, however, is worth reading. Do read it, if you can manage a copy.
jackgunski Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Well, I remember AI was pretty awful... They said it was Spielberg trying to imitate Kubrick... It didn't work...

(and with the mention of Kubrick we circle back to Dr. Strangelove...)
shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I liked A.I. I thought it was a good movie.

(and what is Dr. Strangelove exactly?)
jackgunski Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers about the Cold War. Basically, a general goes insane and (through a technicality) authorizes the use of nuclear weapons. The president then has to find a way to prevent the end of the world. I argue to this day that it is the best movie ever made.
shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... well... if it has Peter Sellers, then its bound to be good. :lol: I like Peter Sellers, he's amazing!
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Jacky, you're expanding repertoire lately. Great idea.well-done.
MercytheRose Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your message after the poem more than the poem itself.

I really do not like the word at all- it encompasses too much... Each person is unique to their love, but, indeed, the love itself is not unique at all. Love is not rare, but it goes ignored, and taken for granted in the places it exists most. In a sense of the word, I love everyone, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Not being one to quote the bible, I still think it had a good point about love in Corinthians. The things love is, and what it is not, but leaving room to define who that love will go to. And on a last note, the world is obsessed with the "L" word: whether by raising, or for yearning. Many want more than they have, and always will.
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