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Therefore I exist

Genre:
Fantasy / Mystery
Author:
KARTHI K
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
1
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

COGITO

I shall think that the sky, the air, the earth, colours, shapes, sounds and all external things are merely the delusions of dreams which he has devised to ensnare my judgement. I shall consider myself as not having hands or eyes, or flesh, or blood or senses, but as falsely believing that I have all these things - - Renee Descartes”

We were passing the ball to each other with some intellectual rants. The topic currently on the floor is Artificial Intelligence.

“Did you guys see the video of robots playing football by themselves?” Melson asked us.

“The one you shared in our chatroom right? Yeah, I did. I was about to say that. Oh man!! how did they just managed to make decision by themselves. AI is the gonna be the future” Flynn replied.

” Have you guys heard about Chinese room experiment? I asked them.

“What was that? from Flynn.

“It was a thought experiment. Imagine there is a room with two openings and there is guy inside it. In one end, there is a guy who passes some cards with chinese letters and their meanings inside. On the other end, there is another guy who will be asking some questions in Chinese.

The guy inside the room arranges this chinese cards and reply in Chinese. The guy who asks the question will be in assumption that the guy who is inside knows Chinese, but actually he doesn’t know Chinese.”

“Hmm, got it, that’s how these computers/robots works, they’re just executing instructions and they doesn’t know why they’re doing it” Melson said.

“Exactly, we made lot of advancements, but still ” I replied.

“If there is a situation in which they started to think themselves, then it’s going to be the end of Homo Sapiens” Flynn said.

“This was foretold in 2001 Space Odyssey, remember HAL computer”

We all laughed and continued to pass.

“But if you guys think this again, don’t you think we also shared the same situation as computers. Everyone pretends to exist here for a purpose, we’re in a quest of finding and executing it like the guy inside the chinese room” Melson made his point.

“In my opinion, there is no obligation in human existence to have a purpose, we can still wander around and enjoy little things without any aim” I replied.

At the time, my friend Elton came in his fancy bike and waved hands like a Nazi. I waved back and ran towards him.

“I’m looking for you, come and get in, my friend came in Utopia, he had bought some stuff”

At the moment, without any hesitation, I went with Elton and told the guys that I will be back soon.

During the transit, I asked ” What was the stuff by the way?”

“Huh, I don’t know, but it’s going to be something” Elton replied.

“Oh, get this. I’m going along with you for a thing which you don’t know either” I said.

“Come on, stop that fucking bullshit, you were basically doing nothing” Elton raised.

“Don’t you see I was about to start the game with the guys” I remarked.

“What game? Look man, you don’t have any job. You are spending whole day with the fucking books in your room and when sun set, you came out and do something and you call it as a sport and game which rejuvenates mind and body and whatever” Elton said.

I laughed.

“I’m not sure if you heard the story”

“What story?”

“There is a donkey that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely midway between a stack of fruits and a well of water. Where do you think it will go first?

“Where?”

“It can’t make any decision and it shouldn’t be going anywhere and it will die eventually”

“I know that donkey”

We laughed.

Then he stopped the bike and we made it through woods. I’d been to the place before, but it is denser now and the light isn’t passing much as it is used to be.

Then we saw his friend who is rolling joint and upon seeing Elton he waved hands.

We introduced each other. His name is Frashan.

“What was the stuff you were talking earlier in phone?” Elton asked.

“Did you tell anyone?′

“No, I haven’t, How do I tell without knowing what it is?”

Frashan opened a vial from his pocket and showed to us.

“What was that?”

“It’s called Businessman’s sweets”

“Sweets?”

“It’s not that sweet, it’s just a fancy name. It is a combination of DMT and MDMA, you know right both are heavy items. My friend did it in lab like a cocktail.”

“And it’s effects? I asked.

“You will get the combination of both, some psychedelic hallucinations along with some memory erasal”

Elton gave the vial to me. It reminds me the red pill in The Matrix.

“Have you tried? Elton asked him.

“No, I’vent yet, my friend experienced it.”

“So you mean to say that you’vent tried but you’re saying this based on how your friend’s experienced it.”

“In a way I suppose” Frashan said.

“Well I doubt that. ”

“But as I said he had already tried”

“Okay, yeah, he might have some hallucinations may be just gone blank, how did he remember that he had memory erasal?” I asked.

“So you mean to say, that he might have lied.”

“Well, no, it’s kind of Placebo effect. When your friend trying this, he was having some expectations that it could induce psychedelic hallucinations and memory erasal, perhaps he would’ve experienced the same, if you’re trusting him, you also might experience the same, if Elton is believing it, he also experience the same, but I’m not going to buy it, so for me anything could happen”

“What the fuck you’re talking man?

“Well, it’s simple, if you ask some doctors, they might say about this, there are some patients who often felt sick or headache or some thing, when doctors diagnose it, they might found nothing. So doctors prescribe some tablets which will have no effects to the body, patients after having such tablets had felt that they had been cured, their mind assured that it has been cured by tablets, that’s how it works.

“If you’re talking about Modern medicines, it’s all crap. It’s a tool of capitalism, they’re trying to keep you alive, so that you will stay as consumer and embrace capitalism.”

“Hmm, so do the drugs and recreational stuff. They’re indirect tools of capitalism to forget the reality.”

By the time we talked, I heard someone is thumping and both Frashan and Elton flew the scene as it was cops.

That was the last thing I remember.

Suddenly I found myself playing at ground with my friends, seems it was just a bad dream.

I’m relieved as it would be worse if i get caught by cops for doing some fancy drugs. But still I felt some changes in body, seems I’ve aged a bit or is it something I felt myself.

But Flynn and Melson seems not caring my presence they just play among themselves. It feels odd.

’Hey man, pass me the ball” I asked and they gave me a look which makes me strange.

They continue to stare and hesitate. I still don’t understand what happened and then I look the surroundings found everyone staring at me.

Then a well built guy who seems like a cop staring so hard as If I’m a serial killer or someone so worse. He just stopped the vehicle and coming towards me.

“When you’d released from Jail?”

As he approaches, my feet raced.

“Hey wait, stop, stop I said stop” He shouted.

I’d started to run without turning back. I ran through the road and finally made myself in the woods where Elton took me earlier.

I started to breath heavily.

There I found a pill below and it seems familiar, the red pill.

I don’t know why, but I took the pill.

And for some time I don’t remember what I’d. Suddenly I woke up and all I can see is blue everywhere.

I look my hands, feet, ground and plants, trees, everywhere I look all I can see is blue hue. Is the earth changed or is it some thing I feel, I’m clueless and I started to wander across the path in delusion.

Road seems to be floating like water covered in blue and plants are animating with detail.

At last I found myself in the ground, there I could see my guys playing who is also appearing as blue like as in a fucking Avatar movie.

“Hey, you’re finally back”

“Where have you been man?”

“Come on, let’s start”

Seems nothing happened or is it me who forgets everything or is it them who forgets everything or is all just illusion.

I’ve no idea and suddenly someone hit a ball in my head and that’s it.....




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