Worldwide Conspiracy Frankenstein Computer God

Sentinel One Animated GIF Experiment. Hopefully you'll see the face with sparkling eyes and flashing computer lights, and not this text.
When my age was in single figures, I wanted to be this.

Or possibly be its slave.

Actually, in some confused way, both.

Childhood dreams stay with us.

"Folks are willing to trade truth for certainty."

- James White

"I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet."

- Maya Angelou

"I'll be your noise."

- Combichrist

"Integrity has no need of rules."

- Albert Camus

"It is impossible to live at peace with those we regard as damned."

- Jean-Jaques Rousseau

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."

- Vince Lombardi

"It is very easy to deceive a man, and very hard to undeceive him."

- Pierre Bayle

"Memory, like liberty, is a fragile thing."

- Elizabeth Loftus

"You can’t force people out of their chains."

- Paul Myers

"You can't settle truth by a nose count."

- Francis Schaffer

Family (5)

I'm going to be an uncle.

More accurately, my brother is going to be a father.

More accurately still, his wife is pregnant.

Here we have two highly intelligent, extremely busy people, who agreed that they'd much rather have careers and a relationship than a marriage and a family - on the grounds that:

(1) There's no good reason to get married, not even purely financial.
(2) They have no silly romantic notions that marriage will make their relationship more "real".
(3) They have no silly romantic notions about making babies either.
(4) They know perfectly well that producing offspring would mess up their lives.
(5) There's no familial or social pressure to become parents.
(6) Neither feels the need to breed.

So what do they do? They have a romantic wedding, wait a sensible three and a half years...and breed.

I'm sure the baby will be adorable, and I'm sure they'll be excellent parents, and in 20 years time the baby will have become an admirable person largely free of hangups.

It's just a mystery to me why this has happened.

I, of course, would be an absolutely terrible parent. But students and young relatives tell me I make quite a good uncle.

"Much of what passes for reality is cowardice."

- Jordan Peterson

"Truth does not demand belief."

- Dan Barker

"Anything that substitutes for the truth may be preferred to the truth."

- Robert M Price

"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"

- Ursula Le Guin

"Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done."

- Linus Torvalds

"One element of production has become surplus to requirement. Namely people."

- Eric Hobsbawm

"The cynic can be cynical about his cynicism, but the pietist cannot be cynical about his pietism."

- Robert M Price

"The strangeness of a notion does not count against it."

- Robert M Price

"'Everything is permitted' does not mean that nothing is forbidden."

- Albert Camus

"The greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most."

- Annie Besant

Family (4)

Your family are your first peer group.

Which is odd, as there's no such thing as a peer in a family. Everyone is defined by their place in a complex, broiling power structure, and by what they do to change or maintain that place. For someone to be your peer, you must regard each other as equals.

It's almost impossible to be friends with a family member, except by both trusting each other enough to maintain a truce. You have friends at school, and in after-school associations. You have friends at work, on internet forums, and in sporting societies. At home you have folks.

Church fellowships are more like families than clubs - but that's not surprising, as authority (not belief) is the foundation stone of religion. Which is why you can be a member of a church without even knowing it's doctrines, and if you're a dominant member, you can make the doctrines.

Political parties also are, to slightly misquote Marx, "Bands of hostile brothers". In my experience, university departments are the same, with enough nepotism, sycophancy, jealousy and back-stabbing to match any royal court.

If you want to know whether your association is a peer group or a family, look at who gets into sexual relationships with who, then why and how the relationships end.

So, if and when you grow up and leave your progenitors and siblings, you have a choice. Find a substitute family, or find something better than a family.