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[1216] The poverty ideal is also for that reason overcome, since it is the modern technology that makes life pleasant and worth living. If our thoughts can control this technology, we expand our capabilities significantly, since the human brain is ill-suited for certain processes. True values, however, require our active support and involvement of L since the technology is neutral, if we do not programme this.

[1217] If we use technology, we have to ensure that this works reliably and is not - for example, by criminal activities - manipulated. The more the technology progresses, the more inconspicuous, but more fatal the manipulations can turn out. If we merge with technology, we must check this again and again and build up appropriate security systems that protect us from unwelcome things.

[1218] In life it is always to be vigilant. We have to inform ourselves well, in order not to suffer delicate disadvantages. We must build up extensive and solid knowledge, since we cannot seal off ourselves completely from manipulations from outside. The more thoroughly we worked ourselves for secure knowledge, the sooner we are protected from being hoodwinked by misinformation or kicking unwanted off.

[1219] With the growing complexity of the world also the decision density increases and thus the error rate. We need to take recreation times seriously if we want to prevent ourselves from overloading. Our mental strain demands that we are rested when we start to work mentally. What does it serve us if the computer says that we cannot continue our work because of our mistakes?

[1220] No automatic security check can prevent us from making independent decisions and to be on guard. There may be drugs and substances that can modulate our mood and efficiency. But we should beware of diverging (by them) too far from the normality, since distinct shifts can have consequences in (other) important fields.

[1221] No substance effects only one thing, concomitants can be always expected. Nature spawned in many years well-practised and stable systems that are sensitive to disturbances of any kind. We are not by a long shot able to figure out all the influences. Therefore, we should be very careful with lasting changes, because not everything can be undone at the push of a button.

[1222] We should think long and hard what technology we want to field. Particularly, costly decisions and such with many consequences want to be reconsidered. No technological achievement is for eternity. New developments require a continued adjustment to the realities and vice versa. We should thoroughly consult somebody before an imprudent decision throws us off course.

[1223] Even though we know that certain acquisitions will provide crucial advantages over others, we have to realise that we live in a community before L, in which rules apply that are binding upon us. If we enjoy an advantage, we should be sure that it is due to us. Otherwise, L will sometime provide for a corresponding compensation, whether we believe in it or not.

[1224] It is morally incorrect, if we pass off information from other sources as our own ones and perhaps draw even a (unwarranted) profit from it. It is even worse, if we did not come by it by legal means. Ultimately, we will deceive ourselves: Our conscience badgers us and L has no reason to condone (heavier) misdoings, because we damage others with our behaviour.

[1225] If we made a mistake, we should account for it and try to limit the damage, if possible. There is admittedly nothing that L could not forgive, but ze judges after what we are or were capable of, and what is or was all of a piece with the situation. In serious decisions, ze will remedy, if possible, if not personally, then at least at third hand.

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