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 <p>
 Was David Jewish and Goliath a Philistine? Did the battle actually happen in
-its form? What really happened to David next? In a true open source fashion,
+its form? What really happened to David next? That is hard to know, because
+in a true open source fashion,
 the peoples of the Near East gladly borrowed legends and memes from other
 people and improved them, or adapted them to their whims. This is similar to
-how we now create fan fiction (of Star Trek and many other franchises) by
-the droves, or even mix and match many myths - both old and new - or
-share and build upon Chuck Norris facts and similar facts - or whatever. (Only
-now it's in much greater speed and capacity).
+how we now create fan fiction by the droves. (Only now it's in much greater
+speed and capacity). Moreover, in a way, the tale of David and Goliath is
+obscured by the mentality of the times, and its context within the larger
+epos of the Bible.
 </p>
 
 <h2>The Machines That Can Give You Questions</h2>
 <p>
 Anyway, because computer networking allows humans to communicate with
 other humans, they can provide you with questions. Lots and lots of questions.
-So I think Pablo Picasso would love the Internet (and other means of
+So I think Pablo Picasso would have loved the Internet (and other means of
 online communications such as SMSes, phone calls, mobile phone calls, etc.)
 of 2013.
 </p>
 land, air and space travel, and naturally computer and computer networks)
 and mental (like the various philosophies, idea systems,
 and mythological systems, up to this very essay and very word), logicians
-have proved that some tasks are impossible. Perhaps the most famous is
-“Can God create a stone so big that he cannot lift?” but a more recent and
-more important one is
+have proved that some tasks are impossible to perform and true omnipotence
+is not possible. Perhaps the most famous
+is “Can God create a stone so big that he cannot lift?”. However, a more recent
+and more important one is
 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halting_problem">the Halting problem</a>,
 which specifies that one cannot write a program which will finish within
 a finite time, that will determine if any other arbitrary program will
 and the shepherd told him: “I put my faith in Allah, that the Camel won’t
 escape”. So Muhammad told him (and I paraphrase) “Dude, it doesn't work that
 way. Camels can escape due to nature’s whims. So: put your faith in Allah,
-but, for the love of God - tie your Camel.” (I am an Israeli agnostic
-non-religious Jew but I think I can borrow useful memes from Christianity,
+but, for the love of God - tie your Camel.” (I am an Israeli, agnostic,
+non-religious, Jew but I think I can borrow useful memes from Christianity,
 Islam, or whatever, if I think they have merit, right? See
 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem">Ad-hominem</a>).
 </p>
 is not what it seems to be (see Descartes’
 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito_ergo_sum">“I
     think therefore I am”</a> thought experiment and naturally The Matrix
-concept from first Matrix film, which I have yet to read).
+concept from first Matrix film, which I have yet to watch).
 Alternatively, it is possible that God does not exist, and reality is simply
 whimsical and random, but still enabled the creation of life, intelligence,
 and finally - human consciousness.
 bend the rules, and while I care about quality, I also care about getting
 something - anything - out of the door quickly. With the help of editors,
 I can always fix the essay later, in case a prestigious magazine such as Time
-Magazine or Playboy wish to publish it, but if I wait until it is letter
-perfect before I publish and announce it, then it will be a big waste of
-time.
+Magazine or Playboy would wish to publish it, but if I wait until it is
+letter perfect before I publish and announce it, then it will be a big waste
+of time.
 </p>
 
 <p>
 to write what was on my mind, and to make the story as fun as possible. And
 as surprisingly as it sounds, some of the most ancient myths (e.g: the stories
 in the Hebrew Bible, or those of the Greek mythology) also contained all
-that in their own old and now unloved way.
+that in their own old and now antiquated way.
 </p>
 
 <p>
-Many people will think I'm being blasphemous by telling the story of David
-and Goliath or the Hadith about Muhammad, in my own words and spice them up
+Many people will think I'm being blasphemous by paraphrasing the story of David
+and Goliath or the Hadith about Muhammad, and spicing them up
 a little, but the thing is - it makes these stories something alive and
 dynamic because our times are different. Shakespeare’s plays were narrated
 as they were during his times, but reading them now is boring. Because our
 <h2>Hackers Make the Best Warriors</h2>
 
 <p>
-I once read a feature in an Israeli adolscents' magazine
+I once read a feature in an Israeli adolescents' magazine
 about the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs">Navy
-    SEALs</a>, who are the chief commando unit of the Navy, and they said
-there that while many very muscular young men (which they called “a Rambo and
-a half”) approached them about joining, they didn’t survive for too long in
-their training, and those that did were those with a “high I.Q.” and the
-really motivated ones. The United States has an unnatural motivation with
+    SEALs</a>, who are the chief commando unit of the United States Navy, and
+they said there that while many very muscular young men (which they called “a
+Rambo and a half”) approached them about joining, they didn’t survive for too
+long in their training, and those that did were those with a “high I.Q.” and
+a great character. The United States has an unnatural motivation with
 I.Q., which is not a good measurement for intelligence (for many reasons),
 but the point is that they are intelligent and competent.
 </p>
 don't have the patience to read anything longer than a twitter utterance (
 see <a href="http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/tldr/">Noise
     to Signal’s “TL;DR” cartoon</a>), but I recall that most of the youth
-of my generation (I am 1977-born), also did not read any books as I did,
-or read most of the history and other textbooks of my class, like I did,
-or whatever, and instead spent a lot of time playing with friends or
+of my generation (I am 1977-born), also did not read any books like I did,
+or read most of the history and other textbooks of my class (like I did too),
+, and instead spent a lot of time playing with friends or
 watching television or whatever, and they turned out fine eventually. Nowadays,
 many kids are bound to do things that will make some of us as grownups
 think that “the generation is diminishing” but naturally, this is folly
 <p>
 Today there are many Alexandrias: New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San
 Fransisco, London, Barcelona, Rome, Rio-de-Janeiro, Hong Kong, Singapore,
-Shanghai - even (and for Israelis - especially) Tel Aviv.
+Shanghai - even (and for us Israelis - especially) Tel Aviv. And even
+Alexandria, in its more modern form, after at least a single destruction, is
+the second largest city in Egypt, and probably more vibrant than Cairo, which
+is the inland capital.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Here's the thing about human life: it's not preserved automatically. It must
+be kept alive by effort. Often a lot of effort. You must fight death,
+irrationality and stagnation, from within and from without. Often it involves
+some pain, but usually fighting for your life is fun and rewarding, and
+gives you a lot of joy. It is well known that of the
+<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Wonders_of_the_Ancient_World">Seven
+    Wonders
+    of the Ancient World</a> only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But while
+the other wonders were marvels of aesthetical beauty, the Pyramids were just
+giant graves, which no one would like to live in. Even the
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxmal">Mayan pyramids in Yucatan</a>
+look more pleasant than them.
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