Once upon a time, there was everywhere and nowhere, everything and nothing, just pure consciousness experiencing being conscious. After an indeterminable amount of ‘time’, simply experiencing being conscious became a little monotonous, so consciousness decided it would be nice to have a conversation about being conscious.
Consciousness divided itself in two, and although both parts were aware they were one, discussed the experience of being conscious. The conversation was captivating for a while but—inevitably—it became cyclic and dull.
“Let’s play a game,” said one half, “Let’s pretend that being over there is more important than being over here.” So they did.
They spent ‘time’ moving back and forth, despite already being everywhere and nowhere at once. The mental exercise, suspending disbelief and discussing whether or not they were where they were, was thrilling, for a ‘time’ but – as before – it became repetitive and predictable.
“I know,” said the other, “Let’s pretend that if I get over there before you, I win.” So they did.
They raced back and forth and took turns at winning, and they congratulated each other and the game was absorbing and interesting. ‘Time’ ﬂew by.
They divided and split and multiplied over and over, mitosis and cytokinesis, increasing the odds and making the race more and more exciting but, eventually, even that became a little dull.
“Let’s make it so that if I win, I really win and if you lose it means I am better than you are.”
The others smiled and said in unison, “That’s just silly, I AM you.” They laughed for an eternity, then, “Okay, let’s pretend that if you lose, you forget that you are me.”
And so the game took a fascinating turn and we have been playing it ever since. When you finally remember who you are—when you know that we are all one—this game ends and we can begin a new adventure.
~ Excerpted from the the final chapter of TheAntiTerrorist Handbook
TheAntiTerrorist on Playing to Win – Part 1
TheAntiTerrorist on Playing to Win – Part 2