Monday, January 26, 2009

The "Ghost" Within

Caught Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence on VCD. Featuring robots imbued with human-like consciousness but without a soul, it makes one ponder about existential questions:

What it means to be alive and human?

If human consciousness can be dubbed onto a computer, then what is death?

Can the soul be disembodied and exist virtually, just as how Socrates believed the soul is immortal?

If life is a stream of consciousness, then what does it mean to dream?

Ok, enough with the transhuman pondering already... there's still robotics, ethics and gender...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ed's Leadership Files... Take Charge

#1 Take Charge – Be Fruitful And Multiply

Read Genesis 1:26-31

In Gen 1:28 (NKJV), God told Adam & Eve "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion… over every living thing that moves on the earth."

If you read The Message Bible, it says, "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible..."

  • To Prosper means to progress, to become strong and flourishing, and to succeed in what we plan to achieve.

  • To Reproduce and Fill the Earth means to reproduce of your own kind, to make disciples, to train and shape.

  • To Take Charge means to lead and to invest effort – planning, strategizing and executing

  • To Be Responsible means to be accountable, to have initiative

Remember in Gen 1:26, God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…" In other words, it is His nature to take charge. So should we.

The problem is we often belittle what we have – ourselves, our ideas, our abilities – that we aren’t creative, we aren’t trained, or we aren’t good enough. Or that our people aren’t committed, aren’t bold, aren’t good enough. Maybe we even doubt our leaders' abilities.

But God tells us in Gen 1:29-31 that He has given Man of every herb and tree which yield fruit and seeds, and of every beast and bird and creeping thing. We have already been given of every resource we need – people, brains, the Holy Spirit. And to God, everything is good.

Everything we have is good – that is, ourselves, our creative minds, our time and energy, our people etc. It’s up to us now to hone, master and harness of whatever we have within reach.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Train of Thoughts

KL trip - 1 to 3 Jan - took train to & fro

A buzzer sounds dimly without. And with a lurch, our train moves off! Excitement at the novel holds us out through the ensuing 8 hour ride.

Scenes of tropical trees roll by - cloud-draped mountains, knolls, plains, plantations... civilisation in the form of lone houses or small villages pops up sporadically. I see little kids jump and wave us by.

Station by station, the train presses on, occasionally halting to let travellers alight or board. The relentless rhythm of rocking over tracks lulls one to sleep. I must say, after KL, I'm glad to trade the city bustle for the sprawling greenery.

Camera in hand, I being to terrorize my sleeping subjects before I go on admire the passing trees, cows and old-looking houses zipping by.

All in all, adyllic and idling are two words that I would describe the experience.

En route, I tell myself, the year is 3 days upon us. A feeling of ennui within, I worry about plans, projects and purpose. Divine or not, is life all about the pursuit of happiness?

At least, one good thing I know - Fellowship which consists of good friends, good food and good fun.