ChatGPT on the Meaning of Life, Love, War

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Prompts on life’s mysteries

Artificial Intelligence generates short answer, sonnet, couplet, haiku, blog post

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OpenAI and ChatGPT


Three times a charm. I finally got onto the site in the witching hours; maybe a 3:30 AM login helps. If you haven’t checked out OpenAI, here are its answers to some of life’s mysteries, in various forms.

It’s easy enough. I set up a log-in and started a conversation. My prompts are in bold and ChatGPT–optimizing language models for dialogue–answers follow.


What is the meaning of life?

The meaning of life is a philosophical question that has been debated throughout human history. There is no one answer that is universally accepted, as the meaning of life is subjective and can vary greatly from person to person. Some people find meaning in relationships, others find it in their work or hobbies, and still others find it in spirituality or religious beliefs. Ultimately, the meaning of life is a personal and individual discovery that each person must make for themselves.


Write a sonnet on love.

Love, thou art a mystery most divine,

A feeling that doth soar, a joy so bright,

It makes the heart skip beats, it makes thee shine,

And in its presence, all troubles take flight.

Thou art the balm that soothes the weary soul,

The light that guides one through the darkest night,

The bond that brings two hearts as one to roll,

In rhythm through life, with all its twists and height.

With thee, no challenge doth seem too great,

No distance too far, no mountain too tall,

For love doth give the strength to persevere,

And conquer all obstacles, great and small.

So here’s a vow to thee, my love most dear,

That I shall cherish thee, year after year.


Answers change, like these reponses to the same request.

Write a couplet on war.

“War’s destruction brings nothing but pain,

With battles fought, futures and lives are stained.”

Write a couplet on war.

“War’s drums beat loudly, with destruction in tow,

Leaving behind scars that never seem to go.”


Write a haiku on humanity

In humanity’s heart

Compassion blooms like a flower

Peace a fragrance spreads.


Write a blog post about OpenAI and poetry, how it pulls in sacred texts and life’s big mysteries.

OpenAI and Poetry: Exploring the Intersection of AI and the Human Experience

In recent years, the advancements in AI technology have been truly remarkable, and OpenAI has been at the forefront of this revolution. OpenAI has been leading the way in developing cutting-edge AI models that can generate human-like text and perform tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans.

One area where OpenAI’s models have been making significant strides is in the realm of poetry. While poetry has been an important aspect of human expression for thousands of years, the integration of AI technology has opened up new avenues for exploring the nature of creativity and the human experience.

One of the most exciting aspects of OpenAI’s poetry generation is its ability to pull in sacred texts and the big mysteries of life. From the ancient scriptures of the Bible to the mystical poems of the Sufis, OpenAI’s models have been able to delve into the rich histories of these texts and generate poems that capture their essence. This has allowed us to explore the timeless themes that have captivated humanity for centuries, such as love, death, and the search for meaning.

In addition to sacred texts, OpenAI’s poetry generation has also been able to delve into the big mysteries of life, such as the nature of existence and the purpose of life. Through its AI models, OpenAI has been able to generate poems that grapple with these profound questions, providing a new perspective on the human experience.

While some might argue that the poems generated by OpenAI lack the emotion and soul of human poetry, there is no denying that these poems have a unique quality that sets them apart. By leveraging the vast amounts of data and the power of AI, OpenAI’s poetry generation has been able to uncover new insights and perspectives on the human experience that were previously unavailable.

In conclusion, OpenAI’s poetry generation is a remarkable example of the power of AI technology to explore the human experience. From sacred texts to life’s big mysteries, OpenAI’s models are helping us to understand the world in new and exciting ways. Whether you’re a lover of poetry or simply interested in the intersection of AI and the human experience, OpenAI’s poetry generation is definitely worth checking out.


So, what do you think?



*The mission from the OpenAi homepage: “OpenAI’s mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence (AGI)—by which we mean highly autonomous systems that outperform humans at most economically valuable work—benefits all of humanity. We will attempt to directly build safe and beneficial AGI, but will also consider our mission fulfilled if our work aids others to achieve this outcome.”

*Who’s involved: “OpenAI LP is governed by the board of the OpenAI nonprofit, comprised of OpenAI LP employees Greg Brockman (Chairman & President), Ilya Sutskever (Chief Scientist), and Sam Altman (CEO), and non-employees Adam D’Angelo, Reid Hoffman, Will Hurd, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, and Shivon Zilis. Our investors include Microsoft, Reid Hoffman’s charitable foundation, and Khosla Ventures.”

*Wiki: “The organization [OpenAI] was founded in San Francisco in 2015 by Sam Altman, Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston, Elon Musk, Ilya Sutskever, Peter Thiel and others, who collectively pledged US$1 billion.”

Feb 4, 2023


  1. Marion Seaton

    I thought the couplets on war were quite inspiring. They were quite original, and I would be hard-pressed to come up with anything close.

    Many could argue that we are at the nascent stages of AI-integration into our lives. I would say we need to come up with a new term for that unknown endpoint.

    • mylinhshattan

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write. It’s fascinating to use or interact with ChatGPT. I have gone to it for writing an OPORD, drafting stories, and adding more detail each iteration. It learns and grows, with different responses. New terminology is likely underway in Sci Fi writing or in the field.

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