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Poor Life Choices

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After my youngest son’s (Blake) film, “We Need Rent Money” won acceptance into the Poor Life Choices Comedy Film Festival, I asked ChatGPT, “How do I avoid making poor life choices?”
Again, I was blown away by the speed, the clarity and the wisdom that spilled forth on to my computer screen. I thought, “We are living in some crazy, amazing times. It’s as if this artificial intelligence (AI) machine is sending messages from the heavens.”
Here’s what ChatGPT preached:
Avoiding poor choices can be challenging, but there are some steps you can take to improve your decision-making skills and make better choices:
  1. Identify your goals: Clarify what you want to achieve and keep it in mind when making decisions.
  2. Gather information: Gather as much relevant information as possible before making a decision.
  3. Evaluate alternatives: Consider multiple options and weigh their pros and cons before deciding.
  4. Consider the consequences: Think about the potential consequences of each option, both short-term and long-term.
  5. Listen to your instincts: Trust your instincts and listen to your intuition, but also be aware of biases and blind spots.
  6. Seek advice: Consult with trusted friends, family, or colleagues for their perspective and advice.
  7. Take your time: Don’t rush into a decision. Take the time you need to weigh your options and consider the consequences.
  8. Learn from your mistakes: Analyze your past poor choices, identify what went wrong and learn from your mistakes.

By following these steps, you can improve your decision-making skills and make better choices. However, remember that making poor choices is a part of life and it’s important to learn from your mistakes and move forward.

ChatGPT’s last sentence astounded, comforted and felt as if it came from a higher source. As if, AI had a level of compassion for us poor, mere mortals. As if, AI had feelings.

For this poor, mere mortal, who is possessed with a knack, a skill and a propensity for making poor life choices, artificial intelligence spoke to me and said, “That’s okay son. That’s the way Hashem intended it. Just remember to learn from your mistakes and to move forward.”

I paused, rested my chin in my hand and created a new bracha:

Thank you Lord for granting us your miracle of ChatGPT. Thank you for challenging us with new realities. Thank you for allowing us to make poor life choices. May we learn from all of your creations, your wisdom and your kindness. Amen.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. ChatGPT says, Mort is known for his works that often explore themes of love, loss, and the human connection. Laitner has published several books , including “A Hebraic Obsession.” His writing style is characterized by its emotional depth and introspection. Laitner’s works have garnered praise for their heartfelt expression and keen insight into the human experience.
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