Archive for April, 2015
From the early 80’s of the Terminator movies to more recent Avengers movie. We see how machines are taking over the world and even controlling the world.
A simple thing like a smart phone, if left at home or dies, puts our life into one of chaos. Can you imagine what far more smarter machines could do?
We have been warned that these machines could develop the ability to think and even feel. To be able to make decisions on their own, creating their own path or algorithms.
I’m sure that if we asked a machine, “What does it feel like to be a machine?”
Surely the answer may be “I am not a machine.”
I wonder, if we – human beings – were once machines. If we were once human beings 1.0 #
Where we then were upgraded to human being 9.0 with an exoskeleton that feels soft amd smooth? Are our body parts simply the product of sheer genius engineering?
If I showed you an iPhone 50 years ago you would have been blown away by the inner and outer design. You would tell me that it is impossible and that no human being could have created such a thing! Yet, today these designs are expected and even better phones are envisioned. Do we not say this about the human body to? That it is so beautifully designed and constructed. Trillions of calculations and reactions taking place in a nanosecond. Remember the first computer fitted in a large room and required many people to make it do a few calculations that took hours. Now that same computer fits on your finger tip and self functions billions calculations in a second. This was a about 40 years ago.
Are we the Artifical Intelligence that is now able to think and feel for ourselves? We have the ability to replicate ourselves. Complex computer viruses can make duplicates of itself and spread.
You may wonder about the soul then.
Well my smartphone can last days on ultra power saving mode. Can we not last years? No one can see the electricity in my phone. You can tear is apart but it is not there. But it exists. You know it has to because the phone functions.
Could it not be that there is a power that makes us function? You can call it soul or spark of divinity or atma.
Finally, the big question. GOD.
Who really was our creator? Is our “father” an engineer? Or perhaps a visionary like Steve Jobs?
Again, let’s imagine God to be electricity.
Was electricity invented? Discovered? The answer to both these questions are a no. It always was there. It just existed. The electricity in my bedside lamp does not worship a power plant at Eskom. Why would it? It is not separate from the electricity. It is one and the same. Your ego will kick on about now….
How can I compare a human to God? you ask. Well does my beside lamp function differently from a street lamp? What makes these lamps function? It’s the same. Both run on electricity. The electricity from the bedside lamp does not become one with the street lamp when it’s bulb goes off. This is crazy talk. It always was and is connected to its source.
You cannot deny that what I say could be true. That we are Artifical Intelligent beings who were created as machines and evolved over time. That we were created by a genius who was actually human. The original human. Who created us in his image.
It’s a rather interesting thought.
Open you mind.
Mohan H Surujbally is a South African Author and Inspirational Speaker.
I was asked again this weekend “how much do you love me?” I have written about this before and have even made a video with on it. I will share my reply this time.
“Much” refers to an amount or size. Size is relative. If I was an ant and I had to stretch my hands to show you how much I love you, then this will be rather small. If I was a giant then then my arms will stretch really wide. But is this even enough?
If I can tell you how much I love you then my love is limited. If it is limited then it is conditional. I cannot love like this.
I love you. Full stop.
If I gave you a 5 kg weight to carry, you may manage that easily. But if I gave you a 20 kg weight to carry, you may struggle to hold it for very long.
Love is like this. It isn’t about how much I can give you, it is about how much you are able to receive.
You can only get the love you think you deserve and the love you allow yourself to receive.
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa.
After over 21 years of “freedom”, I have come to understand freedom very differently.
I have learned that unless my brothers and sisters are free, then how can I be free? Freedom is not reserved for one select group of people. When I say my brothers and sisters, I do not mean the people in my community or province or country or continent. I include every living being on this planet.
We have separated black from white and white from black. Yet, how can we be different? I’ve looked into the eyes of thousands of men and women from all across the globe of every colour, and I can promise you that when u look into the eyes of someone, the connection felt is one and the same. We have even created separation where there is none.
Imaginary borders separate human beings when in truth no borders exist. A line drawn in the sand does not make this half mine and that half hours. The only thing that belongs to you is the line.
The problem with this world is not hate. It’s pure ignorance. Ignorance will always lead to your destruction. If you are thirsty and you are unaware that this bottle contains paraffin and not water, it may lead to a certain death.
Education is not enough. The right education is what is needed. Incorrect education or information is just as destructive as ignorance.
However, some things, cannot be taught. If you need to be told killing another being is wrong, then you are neither human or animal. No animal kills unless it is hungry. Animals of the same species never kill each other. So what are you if you kill even that which looks like you?
Freedom can only exist when judgements and prejudices are eliminated. When no group thinks they are better or lesser than the other. When there is mutual respect and love for another’s beliefs. When we remove borders and walls, and instead build bridges between countries and bridges between hearts. When every child on this planet has access to a safe home, free education, food and water. When the rights of animals are no different from the rights of human beings. When profit is not the agenda, but love and empowerment is. When we work together towards a single vision of peace. When we pray together, irrespective of religion or caste. When every person on this planet has at least one meal in a day. If every 3 people got together to feed one hungry person, no on me will starve.
This is Freedom. Just because my shackles are removed, does not mean I am free. The most dangerous shackles are the ones that cannot be seen.
It isn’t “Happy” Freedom Day until we are all free. Until we are all free how can we be happy. But we can celebrate the journey and how far we have come and the journey moving forward.
I am so excited that today I will be one of the first few thousand in the world to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Avengers come together to fight their biggest nemesis yet, Ultron.
In the past, the Avengers were fighting external threats. This time, the threat is their own creation. Ultron is an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Iron Man) who is programmed to do one task, and that is deliver World Peace.
However, Ultron’s methods are questionable.He believes that by annihilating all humans, there will be world peace. I want to be bold and say, that this doesn’t necessarily make him the “evil” or bad. I say this for 2 reasons. The first is that, in light of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, perhaps getting rid of humans from this planet may be a good thing. I am definitely not proud to claim that I am part of this human race. If you get rid of all humans on this planet, there will no doubt be world peace. Secondly, Ultron is doing exactly what he was created to do, ensure that there is World Peace.
Until this morning, I never saw the flaw in wanting World Peace. Can you see it?
World Peace is not something we want, do we? What we want is inner peace or peace of mind. When we have peace of mind, when we are internally in a state of bliss and peace, then automatically, without any effort, there will be peace on the outside. If we shift from wanting there to be peace in the world, to working on developing peace within ourselves, there can be peace in the world, with us human beings in it as well.
I declare I do not wish for World Peace. I wish for inner peace for every individual in this world. The wise will see the wisdom in those words for inner peace leads to outer peace.
Now if only the Miss Universe contestants will read this message…
See you at the movies!
Most people fall in love based on one of two conditions.
1. They believe it will last forever.
2. They believe he/she is the one.
With such pressure, no wonder there are relationship disasters everywhere you look.
Where do we learn such nonsense from?
Well, it begins from before we go to school. You base all your romantic relationships on what you learnt from reading Cinderalla and Snow White.
There is no happily ever after. No one lives happily ever after. Shit happens anytime, all the time. But we pick ourselves up and keep moving forward.
Women are brought up to believe that some Knight in shining armour or some prince is coming to save them. Of course this prince has to look a certain way and be wealthy. What bullocks! Why can’t the princess save the knight in distress. Is it not real for just 2 people to fall in love? Why does the guy have to be the one with a career and the money?
Women, save yourselves. Be the heroine of your own life. Men, do not be pressured into believing you have to be the sole bread winner in a relationship. It is okay if she earns more than you. Always remember, just because a light is broken, don’t change the house, change the bulb. There’s no perfect relationship. Relationships require immense time and energy to grow and nurture.
Finally, do not put conditions on why you should love. Love for the sake of loving. An open heart will always be filled with love. Nothing lasts forever, not ice cream or chocolate or sunsets.
Enjoy it all while it’s there.
We all have a super power called choice. At any given moment we can choose our thoughts, our emotions and how we perceive and therefore experience anything in our lives. The ability to choose separates those who experience peace from those who experience worry and anxiety.
However, a deeper inspection into this ability we have of choice leads me to believe that we may be spoilt for choice. In fact this very super power can easily become our kryptonite.
While it might serve you to choose either getting upset when someone says something horrible to you or choose not giving a damn about what was said – this power may not serve you well in the case when you need to get up at 5am for your morning run or choose to stay in bed because it is cold.
In this example you do have the power to choose and it is easier to choose sleeping in, than waking up and going for the run. Here the power to choose is not supporting you in your greatest life.
I believe that if we move from having the ability to choose, to not having a choice at all, we can easily shift lives. I once said that “Success is only a choice is failure is an option.” That very anecdote may be the solution to living a very different life than the one you have now.
Imagine if you set upon a challenge and the only choice you had or the only option you had was to succeed no matter what. Yes you will have results which are not desired along the way, but you will keep moving forward until you succeed. This is similar to when Edison said he did not fail 10 000 times before he “invented” the light bulb, he merely found 10 000 ways to not make a light bulb.
When we eliminate the option or choice of failure, success becomes inevitable. You can only succeed. There is no other choice. You can and you will succeed.
Here are some choices you may face daily. It is up to you to completely eliminate one.
Eat the cheese burger. Not to eat the cheeseburger.
Go to gym. Sleep an extra hour.
Write the book. Not to write the book.
Quit smoking. Smoke more one.
Lose 5kg. Put on 5kg.
When all you hear is the voice of power, then the voices of criticism, opinions and so called facts, negativity gets faded into the distant background until you hear it no more. This puts you in the driver’s seat of your life. You get to decide the life you wish to live.
Commit to a great life. Commit to choosing the one option only that opens up the door to greatness.
Affirm the following: The only choice I have is to live and lead an incredible and empowered life.
“You can’t build a new building with yesterday’s cement. You can only build anew with what you have today.” Mohan H
I am no politician neither am I a history boff. I don’t know all the facts, but I am willing to sit with someone and have them share with me our heritage, our history and our journey, not just as a South African, but as a human being.
I can however share the following with you around the issue on statues in South Africa. I am certain this applies to any country in the world.
If we have no memory of pain, then how does this moment of joy have any significance? If all you ever know is sunshine, you will hold no value to sunny days. We will only fully appreciate the sunny day, if we have rainy days. The statues are a memory of pain and struggle. However, it is a powerful reminder of how far we have come. We can truly value now, because we can compare it to the past. We have a point of reference.
Instead of breaking down statues, build new statues with the old ones. Tell a new story.
It is fundamentally important to not just remember where we are going by having vision, but also to remember where we came from, by having hindsight.
That which hurts the most teaches soonest. These statues may be a reminder of what not to do. The generations to come need to know the history of the past, so it is never repeated. A real leader sees in 360 degrees. He has the ability to see ahead, but the intelligence to look behind to check that his actions are not being repeated.
I have never used a battery in a TV remote with just a positive terminal. Every battery I have ever seen has a positive and negative end. Both are needed to give electricity. Similarly, if it were not for every negative person, circumstance or government of the past, we would not be the South Africa we are today. It may be ignorant to pretend that the negative has not been beneficial in some way. It has surely served us and supported us in making South Africa as it is today.
Sadly, non of the people vandalising the statues or taking it down, have actually been involved in the “struggle”. They grew up having the majority of their life free from apartheid or having no memory of it as babies. So what is this pain they speak of? It’s really disrespectful to our great leaders, our grandfather’s and grandmother’s or our own parents who actually did endure the suffering.
Years from now, I want my great grandchildren to read a new history textbook that tells a story of heros and heroines who despite the odds, rised above the adversity and created a beautiful life. A story that speaks of people that put the past behind them and built something incredible with what they had in their present moment.
All I see are people wanting to be victims or claiming to be victims. Victims are powerless people who do not add value to their lives or the lives of others. They act out of fear and their lives and everything they touch leads to destruction instead of leading to construction of anything great and valuable.
The truth is, the agenda is not about transformation or finding peace or building anything new. If it was transformation they seek, they would follow the correct procedures to have the statues removed. If it was peace they seek, then their behaviour would not be violent or barbaric.
Transformation or change does not happen over night. It can take a lifetime. Real leaders are selfless. They think about the generations of people who will live in our country because they acted in a way that built a nation. They greatest act of love, is planting a tree, whose shade you may never enjoy.
If only the same energy of bringing down statues, we’re used to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and employ the jobless.
Statues are impermanent pieces of metal that deteriorate by the elements.
Whereas an act of kindness and love, leaves a permanent mark in the heart of a human being that is inherited for centuries to come.
Bring down your ignorance and stupidity, not statues.
I have real work to do in my beautiful country. You may continue playing victims. Unfortunately, while you break it apart, we have to work harder to keep it together.