OBVIOUSLY, I AM AN EXPERT!

Max Headroom is a fictional artificial intelligence (AI) character, known for his wit and stuttering, distorted, electronically sampled voice. He was introduced in early 1984. (continue here)

I have a mouth. I can write. I can make noises and write paragraphs that sound ever so reasonable. People actually listen to me and read what I write. Obviously, I am an expert. Is that not the way that it works? Well, you tell me. You are an expert too.

Some people call this the Information Age. How will people in future define our time? What will people call this era hundreds of years from now? We can guess, but we don’t know. We only know that we are confused by the proliferation of “facts” and hiding our feelings of panic from each other with bluster and a false air of confidence, particularly if we are a talking head, like Max Headroom.

What have we got to be panicked about? There are real, certifiable problems.

Who has the right take on these problems? Well, you tell me. You are an expert too.

There is also a far longer lists possible problems, problems like: global warming, socialism, white supremacy, Islamic terrorism, illegal immigration, catastrophic solar flares, collisions with asteroids, and so forth. Some of these problems, if real, could destroy all human life. Others, if they develop as some people fear they could may wreck our nation. In just a few generations, our constitutional republic could become a dim memory buried in the dark recesses of a totalitarian state.

Who has the right take on these problems? Well, you tell me. You are an expert too.

Who is to blame? Often, that seems to be our first instinct. We see a problem. We become fearful, and we try to fight or flee. Instead of fixing the problem, whatever it is, real or not, we blame someone and seek their annihilation. Lots of talking heads seem to like that solution, whether there is a problem or not, whether destroying someone solves a problem or not.

So what is the solution? I don’t know. I just have an observation, a quote really.

“You are young yet, my friend,” replied my host, “but the time will arrive when you will learn to judge for yourself of what is going on in the world, without trusting to the gossip of others. Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. — “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” by Edgar Allan Poe appeared in the November 1845 issue of “Graham’s Magazine” (from https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/06/23/half-see/)

Everyone has their own agenda.  Everyone sees the wealth and the power of government. Most people’s eyes, especially when we are young, light up at the prospect of what they could do with all that power and wealth. Until we are older we don’t understand how little we all understand, how difficult it is to make the government do anything right. There is no expert who understands very much. Only God understands His Creation.

Job 12:12-13 New International Version (NIV)

12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?
    Does not long life bring understanding?

13 “To God belong wisdom and power;
    counsel and understanding are his.

Therefore, as an “expert” I fear just one big insurmountable problem. Pride. If all us think we are experts, and we each busy ourselves by trying to fix each others lives, may God help us. Cause then we will be in really big trouble. We will tyrannize each other, blame each other for our problems, and make each other terribly miserable.

When we don’t know what else to do, perhaps we should pray for each other. At least then we won’t hurt each other so much.

 

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  1. Well you tell me, you’re an expert too………..

    Nice CT.

    I do think it’s ok to have a thousand unanswered questions, yet still be confident in the millions of answers already given without being considered prideful or arrogant. Confidence in the living God for example is not pride.

    What is worse though, (just an opinion based on years of observations, 😉 ) is to hear blame aimed at God for everything under the sun, and coming from quarter that do not even give Him the courtesy of existing. And these are the real experts…………….

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    1. I wonder people think it accomplishes to blame God.

      Let’s say it is okay. Let’s blame God. Now what?

      On the other hand, let’s say God exists. He even cares about us. This is an alternative that least offers each us some hope, and we have good reason to believe it is true.

      Does believing in God solve all our problems? Not exactly. It just means that someone can.

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    1. Well now fred………….if you KNEW perfectly the answer to everything………you would I suppose be God…………

      But hows this for a difficult question: where were YOU when the heavens were created, and the air lanes were created for the birds, and the oceans were made suitable for the whales? Where were you? Declare if you have understanding.

      Surely questions easy to answer apart from God eh…………..

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    2. Nice? Have you ever investigated what that word really means? No. It is not nice, but it is true that God understands what He created, and we don’t.

      Do you have an answer for the difficult questions? Would you like to give the rest of us the answers?

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  2. Amen, Tom. I really enjoyed this post.

    I used to look after an elderly woman and she would call our chats, “fixing the world’s problems.” When I’d leave I’d tell her, “it’s okay, the world will still be broken in the morning.”

    Obviously we were just armchair quarterbacks, not actually fixing anything, but really just trying to make sense of the world and figure out what had gone wrong. In the end I realized that what really mattered was simply loving one another in the midst of the mess. The essence of our chats was the importance of wisdom and love in a world full of pride and “know it all-ness.”

    The trick to wisdom, to genuine “fixes,” is humility. Oh,what I wouldn’t give for just one local politician here to set down their pride,stop believing they have all the answers, and to actually listen to us! Quite a few of us are genuine experts on account of having actually walked in the midst of all these issues they all claim to be fixing.

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    1. There are some honest politicians out there, but quite a few just want to spend our money. These just think it is all a game, and we are their suckers. How do we know which is which. The one who thinks you are are sucker is the one who appears to be offering to buy your vote with someone else’s money. He is going to give you something, and it is not going to cost you anything.

      There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. (origin explained => https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/08/27/free-lunch/)

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  3. Maybe we should get all the experts together in one place to talk to one another and–more important–to listen to one another. Oh, wait, we already do that at Bilderberg. Your prayer suggestion is a far better idea. J.

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  4. Maybe I’ll get to more later. This topic is way too encompassing…
    but I thought I should mention there are a lot of people at our base who haven’t had a single day off (to include weekends) in almost two months.
    It’s back to back airlift support for all the hurricane zones. This includes Puerto Rico. People don’t often think about how much the military does during these natural disasters.

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  5. You stated

    When we don’t know what else to do, perhaps we should pray for each other. At least then we won’t hurt each other so much.

    If interested, read this commentary about praying for answers.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-las-vegas-shooting-huppke-20171002-story.html

    In My Opinion

    We have had the answers for over 3000 years. Our problem is we are not listening.

    Perhaps, the writer is right?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Well, that Chicago Tribune reporter is not advocating prayer.

      But that’s no reason to fall back on prayers and simply hope for an explanation from God. There are steps we can take, on guns and on mental health, and we talk and we talk and we scream and we scream and nothing ever gets done.

      What he is complaining about is that he has talked and talked and screamed and screamed, and we are still not doing everything his way. Because what he wants will not work, I doubt there is anyway to make him happy.

      There are studies that show that when people are allowed to own guns and protect themselves the crime rate goes down. To zero? Of course not! We are the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, the progeny of sinners.

      History shows that governments like to take guns away from law abiding people because that makes them easier to control. The Nazis and the Communists demonstrated how some governments can abuse that control. Do want millions of our people sent to concentration camps? Then what is there to gain by disarming our neighbors?

      We don’t have the capacity to create perfect solutions. All we can do is strive to make mass murders rare, but some people are evil, and the murderers among them will find ways to kill.

      Our bodies are fragile. With modern technology, they are not that hard to destroy. Guns provide just one way to kill lots of people. If we start down that road, banning anything that someone might use to murder another person, where would it end? Are we going to ban kitchen knives?

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      1. I linked your post to a post I wrote for tomorrow. We have expert answers to all problems if only we would grab on to them.

        As for guns, I believe the issue needs to consider the wisdom of moderation which I intend to address in later posts.

        I agree that guns do both prevent and promote violence.

        I know I am no expert of wisdom, I am only a messenger of two past experts.

        Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. LOL
      Max was the first of a long list of MTV marketing ploys that just didn’t make it.
      (Thank goodness…I’m sad any of them did, they gave us reality television)
      It’s 2017, where are my computer generated TV hosts?!?
      somewhere out there with aluminum foil shoes and skirts.

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      1. Wow. I’d never heard of this until I read the news this morning.
        Sorry to be a Debby Downer but this seemed to fit the topic of awful disasters and horrifying human related incidences.

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        1. People come up with some weird superstitions. I suspect the most self-centered people have the most insane superstitions.

          One of the reasons the rhinoceros is endangered is some Chinese think they can use its horn for an aphrodisiac. The fact the their pleasure might result in the extermination of the rhinoceros does not concern them. All that matters to them is what they want.

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