As can be experienced in nearly everyday life, a person is a member of multiple levels of reality. There’s the virtual with social networking, the tangible, and the spiritual. There’s probably many more depending upon one’s definition of Reality, but the task I’m aiming for here is the notion of the mentioned three. Virtual, Physical, and Spiritual.
One of the intended points of my game is to invoke the feelings of multiple planes of existence within one local. A character within the game can interact with computers (virtual), and be embodied in a physical form. Their mind, called ego/soul in the game, is another aspect of the character’s multi-dimensional nature. Said ego/soul is meant to represent the spiritual/intangible realm. A thought that keeps occurring to me while I dabble with this project is that a person/player can’t really tell where the exact threshold between virtual/physical/spiritual realities lie. Unlike a video game there isn’t a “loading screen” to portray when one mindset takes over from another.
Tying this into thoughts about Real Reality which has lately been appearing as more subjective than objective in some cases. For the brain has to interpret signals from whatever stimuli it is focused on in exactly the same manner regardless of source. Engaging on a social network is similar to engaging a virtual rendition of a character. You’re sitting “alone” focused upon a rendered embodiment of someone who is presenting pre-processed information (self-censoring is easier when there’s no immediate response time).
We weave narratives online, but also in person. And yet it is apparently “easier” online to forget that we are a certain so-n-so. Forget notions of a “natural world” in some sense, for the Universe/Reality encompasses all of the distinct renditions of split realities. A person can easily grasp that their physical life is separate from their virtual one, but yet a person cannot easily relinquish their online life once established.
Now why would there be a separation of the Spiritual from the Physical or Virtual? Are these mere categorizations we use to help distinguish one reality from another? Is this even valid? Could I not in fact be operating from a brain in a jar/vat connected to a network of other brains? That what I’m seeing is illusion, and/or uncertain as to “realness”? Most assuredly yes, else there’d be no point to the whole school of “Western Thought”.
You know, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? An individual chained within darkness (ignorance) while a fire plays illusionary shadows upon their senses? That once broken free, and set off from the Cave. That they have entered, and seen the “Great Fire” that lies within a bigger “Cave”? There is no way out of the notion of residing within an illusion. At least none that I can readily think of, but does this matter? Is the stimuli any less “real”? I’d say not. Thus when an individual comes to realize the illusion of illusions. That there seems to be everything within existence, but only if you can project the shedding light from your own cognitive fire upon the shadows around you.
Spiritual, Physical, …Virtual…all three, and probably more are vectors to Reality. There is no difference between the three portrayed. It is an illusion. Different Terminology for a “different implied understanding”. Magic, and miracles happen everyday, but we are so used to them that we don’t acknowledge their uniqueness.
…I am a light in the darkness, casting my own shadows upon other’s consciousnesses while trying to play shadow puppets with myself. Is this because I’m “afraid of the dark”? Ignorance? The “Unknown”? Or is it just because my own little flame can cast only so much light in such a big cosmic arena? And yet, gazing into the Heavens, at night, one can see the entire sky illuminated….