Dawn of the Machines

One cell of the human body contains all of life on earth,
and yet we sit by ourselves in the waiting room,
pretending we do not know each other.

We may imagine that we’re alone in the crowd,
and yet we all share the familial intimacy
of parent and child, brother and sister,
wife and husband.

The atoms running through our bodies today
are entangled with the far galactic lights —
we are inextricable from each other.

Outside of our imagination,
there is no such thing as distance.

Nevertheless, we don’t remember any of this.

Even now, we fail to recognize each other,
and so we are frightened, or irritated, or even
offended by the mere presence of another,
until their very existence is perceived
as a looming personal threat.

Thus we must have borders, must build fences,
must protect ourselves from each other,
must scratch and claw to defend what is ours —
our stuff, our space, our intellectual property.

Then again, perhaps we can use the others
to get what we want — a potential opportunity
to manipulate and exploit for our own self-interest.

Now we’re thinking: don’t fear them, use them!

Use them to grow our food and stock our shelves,
to build more walls and deliver the goods,
to drop the bombs from high in the air,
and then the machines will take it from there.

And then the machines will take it from there.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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2 Responses to Dawn of the Machines

  1. Sky McCain says:

    I believe our institutional science, coupled with capitalism, are creating a cyborg world. Nanotechnology will play a pivotal part in all this. In all areas of business, the computer program has taken the place of common sense. Our schools teach procedure rather than problem solving and so many people ask their doctor how they are rather than taking responsibility for their well being.

    • Bob OHearn says:

      I agree, Sky! The so-called Transhumanist movement needs to be carefully assessed. Even some of its proponents have shared warnings. Thanks for your considered comments!

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