Once there was a young person who wasn’t happy with much.
They wondered about their life and how they were going to get on with people. Thoughts came fast and furious and the whole scene didn’t make sense. As their friends said, “It was no longer dope.” Why’d they use that term? Oh well, life moves on.
Someone Who Knew!
Then one day the young person heard about a guru, a sapient, someone who knew! So right then and there without even hesitating, they said goodbye to the friends and family, to Twitter and to Facebook and to the whole universe including all the trappings of the new world order and all of the social machinations that were so absorbing and so necessary to know. They packed the bags and headed out.
The train ride was brutal.
Then the twenty four hour plane flight needed more than one drink. The slow boat up the Amazon seemed to take forever even though it was only a few weeks. The lay over in the village wasn’t enough to slow down the young person, but the trip cutting through the jungle took forever. At last, they arrived at King Wazoo’s castle.
“You’ll have to wait.” The attendant said.
Again and again. “You’ll have to wait. You’ll have to wait. Wait. Wait.”
Then, finally, the young person was allowed to bow in front of King Wazoo and make a request.
As King Wazoo in golden dress sat on his throne before the young person. the young person raised up.
“I only have one small request . . . “
King Wazoo interrupted the young person.
What did he say?
In a movie, Brad Pitt and George Clooney are nuclear scientists. About ten minutes into the movie, Brad Pitt’s son wins the high school science project with a proton decelerator. The same day, feverishly at work, Pitt and Clooney discover the world is going to implode in ten hours. After serious end of the world earthquakes, tidal waves, and destruction, the device that saves the world is the Pitt proton decelerator.
All movies have devices.
Sometimes, as in this movie, they are physical objects. Sometimes they are emotional situations where love saves, blinds, or binds. And sometimes they mental devices, for instance, a detective movie or a movie like The Sixth Sense which depend on your cognition of the plot.
Devices awaken people from their mechanical routines.
Some are physical. The master whops his stick on the disciple’s noggin. Some are emotional, as in prayer by identifying with love, compassion, and forgiveness—by opening the heart to your savior, Jesus or Buddha or God—you obtain those qualities. Some are mental. What are mental devices?
The time track of philosophy goes back before the Greeks and uses a special device called a “thought experiment.” Early philosophers such as Xenophon developed the thought experiment that if a stone fence existed at the end of the universe and you could shoot an arrow over that wall, then the universe was infinite. Also thought experiments appear in the context of science. Einstein sitting in his office–a clerk daydreaming–developed the concept of relativity by a thought experiment. Light was time. He did this by the thought experiment that by moving faster and faster on a train away from a light source—this created relative conditions.
A Thought experiment Which Awakens?
There are many. Here’s one: You are in a dark hallway. You can touch the walls and feel a texture and the rug gives way a bit under the weight of your feet. Yet, it’s very dark, until you see light at the end from a skylight. You look up through the glass and see dark clouds. Right then . . . the clouds part and sunlight streams into your mind.
Can a game wake up people?
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