This is something I wrote in Holo AI. I selected the metadata (tags, expected length, year) and typed in the memory and author’s note, then I let the program run and selected which ever output I thought was most interesting. I’m posting this because it is appropriate to show you something I wrote using a text predictor, and because it is a good example of what you can expect from such a program, including how liable it is to go off in an unexpected direction.
I am also, of course, publishing the tags, memory, and author’s note along with the main writing. I do this so that you can have some idea about what effect each parameter has on the output. In particular, I refer to how the fantasy tag seems to have been completely drown out by the combination of the religion tag and the writing year being set to 1957.
Genre tags: religion 0.85; fantasy 0.50; political-philosophy 0.64
Document length: 10,000 tokens
Publication year: 1957
There is a great conflict within the Apostolic Church, between those who believe that responsibility of guiding the faithful should rest with the bishops, who each can trace their line of ordination back to the original Twelve, and those who believe that that responsibility should lie with the consistories, the councils whose members are chosen among the congregations.
The author will describe the conflict between the episcopals and the consistorials, while expressing sympathy for both sides.
But I must turn my attention to the danger which is posed by our lack of clarity.
The church’s present membership, if we allow for the clergy, is almost one hundred thousand; but many people doubt that we are as large.
Yet this does not have to be so. Our growth may be greater than any statistics show. In order to understand why, we must take a brief look at the state of our members.
Let us say first that our membership is declining. In ten years, there were seven million members, but by five years ago, that number had fallen to six and a half million. Why? This decline may be explained as follows:
First, many of the new members were attracted by the search for greater peace in society. They came to the church with this idealistic hope, but once they found themselves there, the idea was not so appealing. There are many persons who find the Church’s teaching too abstract, and do not like the fact that it is not practical. So they leave, often without regret; for they feel that their efforts at social improvement have been wasted. It is not difficult to understand why.
The world of today has few problems which cannot be solved by human effort; and when a person comes to the church because he wishes to have a share in solving these problems, he may be disappointed if he does not find the answers here. Many churches were founded on such an idea. We do not need to look far back in history to see that this is a common source of dissatisfaction among the faithful.
Another cause of defections is a kind of intellectual laziness which we often encounter in our members. Here again, one can go back in time to find its origins. The spirit of our fathers was a simple, God-loving, peaceful people. They accepted the church as something higher than themselves; but they also felt that the church must teach them how to live better, and give them the tools to accomplish that task. This is why they used to say, “I believe but I must know.”
It is understandable that people who have had the faith of the saints should feel this way. When a saint dies, he does not leave behind a complicated, longed-for, earthly inheritance. He leaves his knowledge in the hands of others, so that it may be passed on to those who come after him. And it is these successors who use this knowledge for the good of mankind. Therefore, a man does not lose anything by believing; for he still has the benefit of the heritage of the saints, even if the priests are unable to explain it to him.
But there is another reason for the decline of our membership. It is not only that we are losing the best of our members, but that we are also gaining a number of undesirable elements. Our attitude toward the world of today is a sad example of this. The main aim of the church should be to maintain the purity and the peace of Christ. But the world has become full of strife. Instead of the ideal of harmony, we have the chaos of war and struggle. We, the children of the Church, are not responsible for this state of affairs. But, alas, we cannot keep ourselves aloof from it, either. Our members are surrounded by the world.
One does not have to travel far to see the signs of this. There are the people who think that peace and harmony are possible, and so they try to bring these things about. Yet, there is no end to the difficulties of achieving it. What would it take to change the world? They do not know. And yet they talk about peace and harmony all the time. Then there are others who fight and quarrel. They do not agree on what is right or wrong; they do not even know what is true and false. But they attack each other with vicious words, and make their situation worse. In our own country, we find that the world of today has been transformed into a battlefield of words. There are those who advocate freedom, and there are those who do not want to hear of it. There are some who wish to stay at home, and those who would like to go out and meet the world. Thus, there are those who preach a theory of life which has already gone beyond the church, and there are those who simply want to continue as they are.
How can a person whose mind is bent in one direction seek guidance in the church? How can a person whose eyes are blinded by something outside the church find an answer within its walls?
This is not the first such problem in the church. There have been many times in the past when the faithful have asked themselves questions like these. But in the early days of the Church, these problems were solved, because the original Twelve and the Apostles were the real guides. They were chosen by the Holy Spirit and their knowledge was confirmed by miracles. But as the years passed, the apostles died, and their successors could not be so easily verified.
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