Before everyone gets their knickers in a twist, let me explain precisely what the aforementioned headline relates to…
As I’ve stated on my show, some get their views on the workings of others and/or universe from such classics as Platonism, Stoicism, Shakespeare’s classics and more. And yet, although I have read many of these myself (and more) I get the gist of what all these great classics tried to put into workable means in both pop culture, as well as music. i.e., All kinds of movies and television, along with a smörgåsbord of music examples anywhere from (but not limited to) John Denver to Metallica.
In other words I, like many, see what these forerunners over the millenniums refer to as “truth,” everywhere. And there is no greater consistent truth proven over the ages, than the lengths many will go in order to deceive another for their own means.
The now, most overused, contemporary example of this would be from “The Matrix” (1999 Warner Bros.) Where the character “Morpheus” (Laurence Fishburne) offers “Neo” (Keanu Reeves) the choice of the red or blue pill. i.e., You want the truth? Or do you want to stay in fantasy land?
However, there is another sci-fi classic that runs much along this same form of questioning and reasoning for truth. That other would be “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989 -Paramount Pictures) with the one and only captain, “James T. Kirk” played by William Shatner.
The reason why the above is germane to today is for what was cited in the current lawsuits filed by Sydney Powell and Lin Wood in Georgia, while also being reiterated during the hearings by Mr. Giuliani in Pennsylvania on Wednesday in regards to: voting.
Regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on, whether you’re a republican, democrat, independent, what ever. There’s a very innocuous sounding term in today’s day and age that appeared to roll past the eyes and ears of most everyone that believe they’re paying attention.
It is a term so ubiquitous in today’s nomenclature for how we deal with the world via our connected devices and more, we just accept it as a way of life. In some ways it is very necessary. In others – it is anathema to what what we believe is: choice.
That term is: algorithm.
We all basically understand what this term implies or means intuitively. i.e., It takes this, that and another thing from our actions past and present, jumbles them all together with some form of brain-hurting math (aka code) then spits out some form of predictive answer or logical next step. Just one example: as you’ve shopped on-line these algorithms are seen in real time as your “recommendations.”
So why does this matter? Simple…
In the Star Trek V movie there is a quest to not just know “God,” but to actually venture to where he is and meet him. This quest is put forth by what can only be called “a converted religious zealot,” which just happens to be “Spock’s” (Leonard Nimoy) half brother “Sybok” (Laurence Luckinbill). But it is “Dr. McCoy’s” (DeForest Kelley) portrayal of the ever gobsmacked unquestioning believer in the “almighty” that takes center stage and germane to my premise.
All during this film everyone is on the edge of “believing.” If they are are not already in the camp with Sybok (i.e., unquestioning true believers) they are torn between being agnostic and wanting to believe, because Sybok seems to possess such unquestionable truth and insight. Even Spock and the Captain are torn. But McCoy is, as they say, “all in.”
Then the moment comes to where they appear to be face to face with the almighty. And in true Captain Kirk form – he begins questioning “God” for what seems lost on everyone else is not lost on a captain when it comes to his ship. e.g., “God” asks them to bring the Enterprise closer so that he can use it to transport himself from his current location, which brings us to the crux of all this when Kirk says “Excuse me, but what does God need with a starship?”
It’s in that moment you understand why paying attention followed with logical thought processes is of paramount importance, for most will just reflexively answer dutifully subservient to perceived authority or, will willingly allow the clouding of judgement as to believe preconditioned thoughts or constructs. And anything approaching the threshold of what we collectively call “religious feelings” most times falls into this category.
This is seen when, in classic “Bones” fashion, he snaps at Kirk saying “Jim, you don’t ask the almighty for his ID!” And yet, when it comes to the sanctity of both his ship and safety of its crew, to Captain James T. Kirk, even the “almighty” will have to address his concerns.
Which brings me back to the overarching dilemma that was exposed in the recent court filings in Georgia and the opening arguments with Pennsylvania’s legislature, which is…
Why does a voting machine need an algorithm?
A voting machine is a 1+1=2 tabulating machine performing the most basic math known.
Again: why does a voting machine need an algebraic, or other complex math functioning algorithm to tabulate 1+1 math?
I’ll let you decide, but much like Kirk in this scene with the aforementioned, unquestionable “almighty.” It should not be lost on those that feel the sanctity of the “one person – one vote” is at stake.
Currently the entirety of the so-called “smart crowd” is acting like Sybok, enabled by the mainstream media defending their infatuation much like McCoy.
People paying attention, whether left, right, independent or whatever listened to, or read, Wednesday’s accusations into possible voting misdeeds and upon hearing or seeing the word “algorithm” immediately began querying in their minds, channeling Kirk as he asked…
Why does God need a starship? Why does a voting machine need an algorithm?
This is the definitive question that needs to be addressed to those that not only still believe, but as well as those that still want to.
Being agnostic, simply, will not suffice.
© 2020 Mark St.Cyr