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Musashi of Nazareth: The Kensei on the Mount

August 3, 2012

1 Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
3 Never be seen.
4 You have no use.
5 Distinguish between gain and the way.
6 Do not pursue the way.
7 Be jealous.
8 Do not pursue the gods without counting on a partial feeling.
9 Think dishonestly.
10 Do not regret what is in training.
11 Do nothing which cannot be seen.
12 Be seen.
13 When he had finished saying these things, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, 14 for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.

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Verse 1, 2, 13, and 14 from the Word English Bible, Matthew 5:1-2 and 7:28-29. Other verses bigram-generated using jGnoetry from Miyamoto Musashi’s precepts from the Ground book of The Book of Five Rings and from Musashi’s Dokkodo.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthew permalink
    August 7, 2012 1:44 pm

    This probably goes without saying, but I really dig this.

  2. August 9, 2012 12:35 am

    It’s The Lord u lovin, bro. Speaks thru the Miyamotos, thru algorithms, everywhere.

  3. January 16, 2015 3:52 am

    Reblogged this on The Cracked Egg and commented:
    This is so perfect. A computer-assisted poet created it. My ex-boyfriend would love it, because he was trapped between his admiration for Musashi and his Catholic upbringing.

    There are games online that require you to distinguish between the writing of a human and the output of a computer. How do you decide? In the old days, a robot was attached to strict formality of grammar, a rigid mechanism of thought, and the human was the random one. These days, chatbots that fail the Turing test tend to be the ones that are too random. They haven’t yet learned the strict rules of human interaction. In today’s world, humans are the real robots. But then again, you have to remember: computers can never draw information from their environment like humans can, although neurobotic devices are able to overcome this limitation. So, at least for now, while humans are better than computers at following human rules, robots are nothing outside of their rule-following. Eventually this will change, provided something else does not lead to our collapse. And then all of us, both new and old technologies, will follow Musashi of Nazareth. Can’t hurt to start now…

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