[an automated faith]
Lo and behold… I have posted the previous post about the fact that I’m reading two books and almost immediately gave in to reading yet another Douglas Adams’ book called Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
(Adams’ writing style is irresistible for me… A perfect combination of satire, humor, and deep thoughts, all mixed up in an Odd Thomas way.)
There was a quote that made me stop and re-read it a few times, highlight it, and later give my iPhone to Sam and ask him to read the same paragraph.
“The Electric Monk was a labor-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder… Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.”
I’m only 10% into the book, so I am not yet sure what role Electric Monk plays in the rest of the book, but this description made me wonder…
These days, I won’t be surprised if such a robot was invented. Someone who would believe all the things for us while we go on living our lives without “all that religious hassle.”
At the same time, I sometimes wish I could be like that Monk – simply believe and turn off the analytic part of my brain that insists that everything should b examined and verified. (That’s one of the reasons that of all disciples, I identify the most with Thomas. In Russian, he’s called the “Thomas the Unbeliever”… but in fact, he just wanted to make sure. Jesus warned them here might be impostors. Besides, the other disciples weren’t really brave and believing all the time either.)
Anyway… do you think such a robot might get invented in some future?