Real Life is a Game

“In this game of life there are two ways of living.

The shadow life and the hero’s journey.

In prison, or in freedom.

As a slave, or as warrior.

What makes the difference?

Your mind. The strongest of all weapons.

-/u/GameStartCancel, “Real life is a game.” reddit.com/r/selfimprovement. November 1, 2019.

While there are worse metaphors than understanding life as a game, or more specifically, a role playing game. It seems that a strong mind would understand that life is exactly what you decide to believe it is, nothing more or nothing less. Cite Viktor Frankl if you must. But, the whole world is mind-made, and you get to choose your metaphors too.

5 thoughts on “Real Life is a Game

  1. “which is, for most practical purposes, everything.:)

    You strike me through your site and the discussions we have had as someone who likes order and reason (yet is open minded and willing to consider many things) LSD took me to a place beyond both order or reason (and if your mind wasn’t open beforehand it certainly was afterwards).

    The duality that we all seem to take comfort in melded into a oneness that was ineffable, a bit like”experiencing things without having to give it meaning” You experience a place beyond meaning.

    Almost like we use a small area of our brain to live, function and survive on planet earth and you ingest a substance that has the ability (for a short period of time) to access the whole brain to glimpse for a time at the whole pulsating experience of the world we inhabit, really feel the life force within it with spectacular clarity and color. It changed me in ways I cannot explain. (good ways)

    I sort of understand what that ‘someone’ meant. It would certainly be interesting hearing what you thought afterwards.:)

    Haven’t thought or talked about this in many years, interesting to recall.

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  2. going through reader and came back to this twice. I sat here with arms folded reading and rereading and then staring off and trying to understand what you are saying. Elaborate on these two things (if you have time)
    “A strong mind would understand….” “the whole world is mind-made”

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    1. Not much time this weekend due to the press of social obligations, but I’ll try to give a brief answer for the moment.

      Imagine taking currency from your pocket. What is the difference between currency and a piece of notebook paper? If you are dealing with it on the level of commerce, there is a huge difference. One is accepted in exchange for goods and services, and the other isn’t.This is a social illusion that we all create together. It has nothing to do with the piece of paper we call currency.

      The author of this piece is doing the same thing with life. He is choosing to understand life as a game. The unfortunate problem with interpreting life in those terms is that we grow, evolve and change, and eventually, we tend to find that the game we were playing earlier may not have been worth playing, at least not to our present selves. It’s at this point, many people face a crisis of meaning.

      But the crisis isn’t in the world, the crisis is in our mind. It’s possible we live in a simulation. It possible that some version of materialism is true. The most likely possibility is that no matter what we choose to believe about the world, it’s probably false in some sense. No one knows enough to be completely right, or wrong, about anything. But, the world we live in is mind-made. It’s the stories we tell ourselves about the world. It’s Maya or the illusion, collective or individual.

      A strong mind is looking at the metaphors and filters it imposes on the world and thinks critically on them as a meta-cognition. For some, like Robert Anton Wilson, being able to choose frameworks at will is a step up in development. For others, maybe Phillip K. Dick, it is perceiving the reality below/above the reality we all live in. One quote I like from Huxley and The Doors of Perception:

      “To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”

      We all are in the Black Iron Prison / Palm Tree Garden. The question is whether there is any escape from this mind-made interpretative framework? I believe Buddhist enlightenment suggests the answer to this question is, “Yes.”

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      1. OK……..well a lot in there.

        I tend to move forward in my day to day existence through my observations, readings, communications and at the base some form of intuition that has proved to be useful and fairly accurate.

        My thought (at this point in time) is that until someone faces the “crisis of meaning” in their lives/minds they are playing a game that in retrospect if they will find was not worth playing. The ‘crisis’ if they are willing to really delve into it can contain they key (usually well hidden) that could unlock the door of the “Black Iron Prison” but of course just being able to unlock the door does not mean Escape or even the will to exit.

        I also like the Huxley quote and the word in the title of “Doors” not door. He is I think speaking here of his experimentation with mescaline and LSD. I am a child of the 60’s and have always been a “seeker” (not the right word but the best I can come up with)
        Over about a 5 year period in the 60’s 70’s I did ingest both drugs maybe 5-6 times in total and each time it did alter my “inner and outer world ” in a way that was of “inestimable value” both at the time and going forward.

        I agree with you in the last statement and would add that most of the mystical arms of
        the main religions speak of the same state in a different way.

        If I am interpreting meta-cognition in the proper way perhaps the next stage might be meta-consciousness? being conscious of your consciousness?

        This certainly took me down a path I was not expecting.

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      2. I was told once that someone with experience with LSD would like to see me on it, at a distance. I took that as a warning and figured I might be too tightly wound in a way where that kind of experimentation might do more harm than good. But, I’m less so now. Maybe I’ll be ready for it when I get older.

        I’m not sure what the answer is here. I think the main idea is the same as accepting skepticism, which is accepting the fact that whatever we choose to believe is likely wrong. Additionally, if we can get to some state where we can simply experience things without having to give it meaning, it might give us insight into how much of what we experience is an illusion, which is, for most practical purposes, everything.

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