AI goes from narrow tasks to trying more versus children who go from absorbing and understanding the world to specializing as they grow up.
Does one have children for biology, or to create an object of love, to love and be loved? Love is natural, literally at the beginning. But, the true bond of love is then about building, exchanging dependency with true adoration of the other person.
If you enable teachers you enable children. If you enable children you enable the future.
We have bitten in the forbidden fruit and cannot stop wanting, always searching for more. We teach this to our children - and we forget to live.
Our children, our cultures, and our spiritual musings give us life beyond ours.
You can have the illusion that you live for yourself until you have children. That’s also when you learn to respect your parents in a different way.
As shown by the Bible, Confucian thinking, evolution, and evidenced by our having children, we think of life and prospects of humanity in generational terms - always a parent and a child. Is AI our ultimate offspring?
Parents tutor their children, but also learn from them. Conversely, later in life, children should teach their parents.
In both children and in our elders we see our fundamental roots in us humans: our basic physical and emotional needs.
Why is it so important to believe in magic? It’s not the supernatural or superstitions. When a child proposes an alternative, the suggestion is that its magic - and it is ! Magic allows imagination, invention, other ways, free space and ideas. That’s how new realities and discoveries happen.
Children are the only relationship that is not about me or others, but about them, who are not me, but part of me, who are also not others as they are part of me.
Belief in the future is through children. Will it be the case with AI ?
If you believe in the human you believe in children.
If machines become self-sufficient there would be no need for us - humans. Not unlike children who at some point don’t need their parents anymore.
What have adults lost? The ability to play.
Children play and discover - that's how they learn and adapt. Never cease to do the same.
When children are alone they play, discover, imagine, have fun - by themselves, never bored. For those confined its a chance to play again. Some have been given the most precious of freedoms : time.
America and China are fighting like children, except that they are not children.
It’s the first time in human history that the technology emanating from us could overcome us. We lose control of the genie we enabled - not unlike our children.
As a child you experienced traumas. Growing up and when an adult you will live in spite of them. You will attempt to assuage them. Understanding and healing will give you freedom and relief, allow who you can be and open more of life to you.
The young make the future
Death doesn’t exist for children, just living.
It was startling to see my mother and my daughter, one 98 and the other 6, each with missing teeth, one from age, the other from youth. The circle of life. Change and growth.
Will the metaverse ever capture the sensation and the emotion to create memory - both physical and mental - that comes from holding your child's hand or your mothers? That instant, that connection, touch and intimacy, not just yours but equally theirs - a shared and deep experience.
That’s what I just did sitting my 98 year old mother, at her bedside, and with my children, both 6, who also held, hugged and kissed her. My mother’s fondest memories are of those she loved and loves, and of her favorite places, all physical connections and experiences. The results may be mental, but the inputs analog.
Time is valuable, limited and expiring. Of all, time spent with children is the most precious as they change so fast. A child today is very different from six months ago, and, sometimes, from yesterday.
Through children you discover life.
The rings between parents and children are those of life - unbreakable, regardless if loose, tight, easy or painful. The chain of life starts there.
What should you wish for your children: a life of happiness and health versus your vision of accomplished, meaningful and moral lives - their lives or the ones you want them to lead (not that your ideas aren’t the right ones to help them)?
We owe it to our children to have them: the gift of life, and their lives to live.
Ask yourself if you are grateful to be alive. If yes, thank your parents… and give the gift of life by having children of your own: your greatest legacy honoring your life and life in general.
We live in our minds, yet our bodies are our master: to them, we react. Our children come in the form of somatic beings: we cherish their physicality and couldn’t bear seeing them hurt. This is the way of nature and will be as long as we remain analog creatures.
When looking at my children or holding their hands, I know we will always be connected. Where did they come from? Where are they going? Strangely, I feel they came before me. They will exist beyond me. I imagine them as embodied in life, them almost independently of me. I am an enabler and ultimately a spectator witnessing their lives. My parents will always have a presence for me, yet to be replaced by the one of my children. Life, and I, will go on via them as opposed to through my parents. This all makes sense in the context of species renewal.