Puzzle 20: “I do not wish to be, I’d like to add”
19 June 2019
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From New Scientist #1071, 29th September 1977 [link]
I do not wish to be,
I’d like to add.
Being is a matter of degree,
I know this well,
But my decision just to be no more
Is not a fad.
It comes from an experience of life second to none.
It means that I have said, no love, no laughter,
Mechanisation’s what I want and see what follows after.
It is not mad
To want to add,
Nor is it bad.
It leads to certainty, and that is what I have a passion for,
“Why yes, perhaps it is, perhaps it is not”, no more, no more.
For now the great adventure, the hour when I cease to exist,
And just become a computer, no life but also no risk.
Perhaps you this my no-life has no future.
To show you’re wrong I offer you a test.
Letters for digits, add something to “COMPUTER”
And you will find certainty, peace and rest.
Write the sum out with numbers substituted for letters.