Prasad’s introductory note: This blog was created by ChatGPT, errors and all. The process that I went through is documented below. Blog material in red is factually incorrect. I will write a blog—one that I would have written without ChatGPT—soon and will post it. So, the A/B comparison is clear.
I will also test each rev of ChatGPT against this standard, “the Ashwatthama Standard”, if you will. I will post the output from each version, just as I have done here.
Truth and honesty are important virtues that are valued in many cultures and religions. The concept of truth is often associated with the idea of justice and righteousness. However, sometimes the truth can be difficult to accept, especially when it goes against our beliefs or desires. In this blog, we will explore the story of Ashwatthama the human and the elephant and how it teaches us the importance of honesty and accepting the truth.
The story of Ashwatthama the human and the elephant is a popular tale from Hindu mythology. Ashwatthama was the son of Dronacharya, a revered teacher and warrior who fought on the side of the Kauravas in the epic battle of Kurukshetra. Ashwatthama was also a skilled warrior and fought alongside his father in the battle. However, during the battle, Ashwatthama was consumed by rage and committed a heinous act. He killed the five sons of the Pandavas, who were sleeping peacefully in their tents.
When Dronacharya learned about his son’s actions, he was devastated and asked him to surrender to the Pandavas. However, Ashwatthama refused to do so and continued to fight on the side of the Kauravas. In the final days of the battle, Ashwatthama devised a plan to kill the Pandavas’ unborn child. He used a deadly weapon called Brahmastra, which had the power to destroy everything in its path. However, he missed his target and instead killed an elephant that was pregnant.
Ashwatthama was filled with remorse and tried to cover up his mistake by telling the Kauravas that he had killed the Pandavas’ unborn child. He hoped that this lie would protect him from the wrath of the Pandavas. However, the truth eventually came out, and Ashwatthama was forced to face the consequences of his actions. He was cursed by Lord Krishna and condemned to a life of suffering and misery.
The story of Ashwatthama the human and the elephant teaches us a valuable lesson about honesty and accepting the truth. Ashwatthama’s desire to protect himself from punishment led him to lie about his mistake. However, his lie only made things worse and ultimately led to his downfall. If he had been honest about his mistake and taken responsibility for his actions, he may have been able to avoid the curse and find redemption.
In our own lives, we are often faced with situations where we must choose between telling the truth or covering up our mistakes. While it may be tempting to lie and protect ourselves from the consequences of our actions, it is important to remember that the truth always comes out in the end. Being honest and accepting the truth may be difficult, but it is the right thing to do. It allows us to learn from our mistakes, grow as individuals, and ultimately find redemption.
In conclusion, the story of Ashwatthama the human and the elephant is a powerful reminder of the importance of truth and honesty. It teaches us that the truth may be difficult to accept, but it is always the right thing to do. By being honest and accepting the truth, we can learn from our mistakes, grow as individuals, and ultimately find redemption.
How this blog was created:
Prasad> I am attaching a blog that I wrote on Ekalavya’s right thumb and the importance of opposable thumbs. <I then copied and pasted this blog verbatim>
ChatGPT> Thank you for sharing your blog post about Ekalavya’s thumb and the importance of opposable thumbs. It’s fascinating how you connected the story of Ekalavya from the Mahabharata to your doctoral research on robot hands and the importance of opposable thumbs. It’s a great example of how storytelling and personal experiences can be used to explain complex concepts and ideas. The evolution of the human hand and the role of the opposable thumb in grasping and manipulating objects is also an interesting topic. Thank you for sharing your insights and knowledge with us.
Prasad> Please use the above writing style to write a new blog on truth and Ashwatthama the human and the elephant
ChatGPT> Sure, here’s a blog on truth and the story of Ashwatthama the human and the elephant: <blog posted above withOUT any edits above, warts and all>
Prasad’s closing thoughts:
- Total time from start to finish: 5 minutes! As compared to the 3 hours over a couple days that it typically takes me to research and write a blog.
- This article is, unfortunately, riddled with factual errors.
- Further, the writing style doesn’t fully reflect mine. For example, it has too much history, random pontification, and minimal personal anecdotes.
- It is clear that ANY content generated by ChatGPT today has to be fact checked pretty seriously! Else, one risks putting out garbage. A fair question to ask oneself: “Am I really saving time?“
- I understand that one can use ChatGPT and associated plugins to write code now. Can’t wait to try it!