The Collective Me

“We believe so firmly in our individuality that we don’t see how much of us is unoriginal, imitative, someone else’s—everyone else’s….”

My latest at Eclectica:

About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on July 24, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Thomas. “We become part of each other just by showing up.”

  2. I can’t tell you how deeply I agree with the profound insights you express here. I am now what by any definition is “old” and I am only now realizing how incomplete each of is as individuals.
    It seems to me the parallel insight to realizing this is the realization that our individual “right answers” can never be absolute either. Infallibility is a terrible derogation of the ultimate reality that we can never separate ourselves from the whole, and trying to do so deprives us of the greatest richness of our potential.
    Thank you for republishing this.

  3. Hey Thomas, I like your posts but I am usually too busy or just plain triedto respond. You can get very deep sometimes. 🙂 A few weeks ago I saw a news reporter talk on a TV show providing “the news.”  He was informative, on point, and was A-Okay to say the least.He went on for about 3 minutes. At the end we were told that the reporterwas a fake human–just looking totally real (face, body, hair. etc.)  I couldn’ttell, nobody could.  We were told that such a fake image could actuallyreport to us without a real writer. He and/or she could report to us just byreceiving data, and organize a real script. Wow!! About a month before there was a “special” on a major channelabout the future of Artificial Intelligence. Well, guess what? These”machines” will eventually have intuition, feelings of caring, love,and so forth. Also, once in a physical state, they could build themselves.Didn’t you see “I Robot,” starring Will Smith? We will, in the end, be replaced. !!!!!                              

  4. Thanks, Mr. B. Much appreciated.

    Not sure I agree with you about our being replaced by these things. I wrote about why in the next piece I put up:

    Especially those “companions” the Japanese have developed to keep the old folks from getting lonely.

    If you read it, please let me know what you think.

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