Sunday, March 3, 2013

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.3/3

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.3/3

Life As A Rock (the micro and macro view):

ALL matter, at its smallest, most fundamental level is energy condensed into a very rapid vibration. Every thing we see, feel, hear, and taste are different frequencies of the same vibrational field.

Lets compare the macrocosm vs microcosm in a simple analogy:

Imagine you are holding a rock in your hand. As you now see that rock(from the MACRO perspective) it is a complete and solid object. We know from looking very closely with microscopes that within that rock there are millions of molecules moving around at incredible speeds. However, even if you know conceptually that the rock is made up of many smaller moving parts, when you look at it as it sets in your hand, all you see is the rock in its current form. There is no separation. From the MACRO perspective you do not see this process that is taking place. The rock is not in the process of becoming a rock. It is a rock. 
Now, the molecules within that rock have have a different point of view. They know their world(the rock) only from the MICRO perspective. In which they experience themselves individually moving from “here” to “there”, very rapidly. 

Both of these perspectives are true.

It is only from our limited perspective with which we see ourselves as separate from one another. Our lives on this planet are series of very small, rapid movements in which we move from “here” to “there”. Seemingly, these individual movements do not effect the 'whole'. Though just as the molecules move together to create the rock held in your hand, so to do we move to co-create this reality.

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.2/3

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.2/3

Life As A Puzzle (differences in perspective):

In life it is easy to dismiss thoughts and ideas of other people that don't quite fit your understanding. It is important to remember however, that we will never be able to grasp life's 'big picture' by refusing to try and understand the perspective of others. Consider this metaphor:

A teacher comes to class one day and hands each of his students a piece to a puzzle. The students then take turns going around the class each saying what their idea of the complete puzzle is based off their individual puzzle piece. Some of the students are positive they know what the big picture is. Some students have a pretty good ideas as to what the completed puzzle will look like. Then some students inevitably blurt out “I don't knows” or answers that other students deem 'stupid', 'wrong', 'crazy'. Individually none of the students can be 100% sure what the 'big picture' is based off their own perspective.

Soon the students are instructed to come together and assemble the puzzle. As the pieces are placed, one by one, the 'big picture' becomes increasingly clear. The teacher then tells the class that each student with an answer that was considered 'wrong', 'stupid', or 'crazy' must remove their piece from the puzzle. The 'big picture' very quickly becomes unrecognizable as useful pieces(perspectives) are removed.

This metaphor represents life. The removal of important pieces of the 'big picture' is what happens when we regard others points of view as 'wrong' or 'stupid'. If we ever hope to get a better idea of what the 'big picture' really is we have to consider two things. First is that individually we don't know as much as we like to think we do. Second is that everyone's life and perspective contribute to the 'big picture'. Together we can work to understand even those people our society considers 'wrong', 'stupid', or 'crazy'.

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.1/3

LIFE* A Different Point Of View: pt.1/3

Life As A Game (operating through life):

Growing up in the explosion that is the video gaming industry, I've come to know video games fairly well. From the original games such as Asteroids and the Mario Bros. with basic two or three button controls. To the more recent and more complex games such as the Halo and Elder Scrolls Franchises. Gaming is increasingly popular partly because of the opportunity it provides people to take control of characters and embark on different quests and adventures. 

What if I told you real life wasn't much different from the games we've come to know and love. There are many similarities between our games and the characters we control; and life and the ways we move through it. 

Consider this:

The world as we know it, down to its finest detail, is contained within this disk(life). In this game of life every possible outcome is already on this disc, but it is up to you to choose your experience. Your experience is created by every thought in your head and every choice you make. You get to choose your players levels of fun, participation, meaning, and fulfillment.

There will be challenges, rules, bosses, and achievements throughout the game. You(the main character) interact with other characters as you move along your journey. You may not be able to control every other characters contribution to the game but you do control your players response. If you choose to take the game very seriously with the sole intention of winning, as many people do, you can expect some cheating involved. Or you can enjoy the game for what it is and play as much as possible. It is together that we co-create this game of life and the game would not be complete without each players contribution.

How you play the game is ultimately up to you. Remember though, how you view life is vital to how you function within it. Remind the other characters not to take the game so seriously, as they often forget, and remember yourself that its meant to be enjoyed and shared with others.