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Connie Burk

Executive Director, The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse

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Can humans resist 'opening the door' once they realize it's there?

I was struck today when Mary Lou Jepsen, in her talk about direct 'thought to digital' interface, declared, "We have little option but to open this door."

It made me wonder, under what conditions could we, would we decide to leave a door closed? Do we have little option but to open any door once we realize it's there?

Let's say, as a thought experiment, we had evidence that, in addition to all the coolness she described, the wrath of hell laid behind that particular door. Could human people actually agree to leave it closed? Even then?

Or would we say, "well, someone's going to open it, so it may as well be us."

Are we hardwired to 'open the door?


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    Feb 28 2013: We left that gorge so many eons ago…ventured beyond the mountains that surround it, spilled ourselves out beyond the next valley, and mountain, crossed the rivers, and lakes, oceans…and at every turn, every hilltop, we saw the next horizon, and it challenged us to move on, forward, searching, endlessly seeking…we are human, an explorer species, it is what drives us, what made us the most evolved creature from this planet…we are an explorer species, it took us across oceans and space, it will take us to the stars, and beyond…

    the door will open,

    we will tame hell….and look for the next door…

    it is what we do, it is who we are
    • Mar 2 2013: Like the fellow that jumped off the top of a tall building, as he passed a window on the way down he was heard to say, "So far so good!".

      There is no guarantee that we will always be able to tame hell. Sooner or later a door will lead to our extinction.

      I am not arguing with you. This is who we are and what we do, and it will likely be our end.
      • Mar 6 2013: The world is full of instances where we had to do what should not be done to stop our own destruction.

        Anything that we have thought of so far has been thought of by nature a longer time ago. It is our decision to decide if we should do the good, the imminent, or what is best for the decision maker.

        To say that we always pick the good is to say that we never look after ourselves.

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