Previously Susan and Jerry were left with the final thoughts of how to think about Bob. Both Jerry and Susan were left speechless. Neither of them could come up with answer to the new questions and, currently think of new thoughts. Bobs identity crisis now impacted both of them. They were now simultaneously unsure about Bobs identify and purpose. Jerry now more than Susan didn’t know what to do and, time felt like it was standing still. Her questions raised excellent points and he could not respond to them. The questions now made Bob’s purpose necessary, before moving on. The feeling of paranoia and, fear of the unknown has them simultaneously speechless. The sound of a pin dropping on the ground could be heard currently in a room that was once full of thoughts and conversation. It was now agreeable to re-think their experiment.
The one question that Jerry has put off in his mind, has to be asked now, “what is Bob? And why is he being created?” While jerry pauses for a minute, Susan sneaks in a comment, “it’s agreeable to think it’s important for somebody, to know what they are and their purpose in life is.” Susan states, before she is silent for some time again, while Jerry is still dead silent after Susan’s last statement. He is trying to think about what to say next, but for the moment can’t think of anything. For the first time he is completely without a thought about the experiment. Last time Jerry could hide how he really felt but, now Susan, could read can read him like a book. She asks him, “what is on your mind right now?” Jerry’s response is “there isn’t any, that’s the problem.” He says with a puzzled look.
Susan breaks up the moment of silence with, “now it is more understandable to answer the age old question.” Jerry pauses for a moment then asks with another puzzled look “what age old question?” Susan turns and faces Jerry and says, “what it means to be human?” Jerry agrees by nodding his head up and down. He adds to the conversation with, “being human means responsibility, we don’t just operate on thousands of years of instincts.” Pauses for a minute, then continues, “no it is not that easy for us.” When Susan, listens to what Jerry has to say, she is more relaxed. She is happy that, they are thinking a like. A growing fear was they were not on the same page. She speaks up with, “your statements are correct however, what if identity is all in our heads?” Susan pauses for a minute before continuing with the rest of her thoughts.
What she says next is, “after all the concept of perception is all in our minds. Our environment determines who we are, and how we think about it. For example, if a person is raised in an intelligent environment, intelligent behavior is their reality. If the individual’s environment is exposure to humor, that individual’s reality is to have a sense of humor.” She pauses before adding, “the statements can be argued an individual is not in control of what reality is but, a person can get what-every, it wants out of their environment. It’s fair to think reality is what the individual makes it out to be. Being human is an identity based on perception.” After Susan finishes she smiles and is even more relaxed about the experiment.
Jerry agrees with a nob of his head then states, “Unlike animals humans have more difficult choose to make. What makes up the reality of a human is more than just nature. We can make our reality whatever we want it to be. We can end up a product of our reality or rise above it.” Jerry takes a breath then adds, “the human mind is a great power and it requires great responsibility.” Susan agrees with jerry’s statement then adds, “the human mind is a powerful weapon. In the wrong hands a technology can be very dangerous.” she says to finish his thoughts as they simultaneously look at bob. They are now simultaneously silent, after talking to each other for a long time. With a moment of pause she asks, “does bob dream of electric sheep or know what pain really feels like?”
After a moment of thinking in silence Jerry begins to speak, “it would be fair to think bob can dream. Dreams are collections of thoughts that are, pieces of a puzzle in our mind. Sometimes the puzzle is clear and other times it is not.” He catches his breath then adds, “pain is some completely different. Do we even really know what pain is? It could be the results of per-programing like the able to speak.” Susan listens to what Jerry says then ads, “great points. It’s fair to agree for both of your statements. Dreams are a collection of thoughts and do feel like pieces to a puzzle. Pain is a feeling in all living beings. Whenever a living being is in pain or the feeling of death, pain sets in to remind it how it’s still alive.” They are both silent after that conversation, but Susan doesn’t look like she is done thinking.
After thinking about her own thoughts she states, “this conversation does raise an excellent question about the human condition.” She pauses to think about her question then asks, “is the human condition learned or inherited?” Jerry paused for a minute him-self, to think about his response. After a long pause he speaks, “your question feels impossible to answer. A person could come up with a response but, with an uncertain answer. The overall feeling is there is no real answer to your question. What it means to be human may be unsolvable.” Even after Susan’s last question, she still has the look of a person with one last thought. From the look of her face it might be the most important question she’s thought of. With a smile and a laugh Jerry ask her, “can see the smoke coming out of your ears, what is on your mind?”
Susan laughs at Jerry’s joke, “Ha, ha you’re just Mr. Funny guy” and thinks for a moment. What she says is, “we are staring at a line. It is not seen my most people, but for those who do fear it. The fear is there may be a point of no return, after crossing that line “when Susan finishes her statement Jerry adds,” this feeling right now must be what it’s called the human condition . It’s the experience of not knowing what to do next. After that conversation they are both silent with nothing left to say or think about. The moment of truth was upon them, but the mood had changed. Susan and Jerry earlier felt like children, feeling the thrill of a new discovery. Now the feeling was replaced with, the simultaneous feeling of uncertainly and the fear of the unknown.