Will the Real “I” Please Stand Up! #3
The problem with “what you see is what you get” is that what you see is all you’ve got.
Marshall McLuhan’s son, Eric, wrote about us being “sucker-punched by the electron.”
According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …
“The environment is an illusion unto itself.
“‘Thou shalt not lie’ is not one of the Ten Commandments because the entire universe is a lie.
“It’s called Maya, or relativity.
“Place the conviction in the sonics. Don’t put your faith in the optics.
“You fixate to an object, you merge with the sonics, but there is no greater joy than to dwell on the optics.”
Marshall McLuhan & Bruce R. Powers (The Global Village, 1989) wrote …
“The prince of this world must be a great electrical engineer.”
According to Swami Nitty-Gritty …
“You don’t have a free mind. You are hypnotized.”
“You live a life of self-deception.
“We live an environmental lie every day. It’s called illusion.”
Seymour B. Ginsburg (Gurdjieff Unveiled: An Overview and Introduction to the Teaching, 2005) wrote …
“Behind Gurdjieff’s teaching lies the idea that human beings live and die in a state of sleep, but do not realize this. In this sense, all human beings are divided into two categories: those who realize they are asleep and who are attempting to awaken, and those who do not know. The ideas that human beings live mostly in a kind of sleep state is not new. For example, we can find it expressed in Plato in his allegory of the cave in The Republic.”
William Irwin (“Computers, Caves, and Oracles: Neo and Socrates,” The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real, 2002) wrote …
“The prisoners in the cave are chained by the neck, hands, and legs. They have been this way since birth and so have no conception of any other way of life. Shadows appear on the wall in front of them, as their jailers pass animal figures before the light of a fire in the manner of a puppet show. The prisoners watch shadows on a wall, shadows not of real animals but of carved figures. The light that makes these shadows possible is firelight, not the best possible kind of light, sunlight. Yet these prisoners do not know that they are prisoners and do not suspect there is any reality but that which they experience. One day, however, one of the prisoners is set free of his chains, is dragged to the outside world, and by the light of the sun beholds things as they actually are. Rather than selfishly remaining in the outside world, the prisoner returns to tell the others, who reward his kindness with mockery and resistance, believing he has gone insane.
“This story parallels the life of Plato’s teacher, Socrates, who was thought mad and ultimately put to death for trying to draw attention to a higher plane of reality. Of course it also parallels the story of Neo, who one day is freed from the Matrix to behold ‘the desert of the real.'”
According to the same source …
“‘Why do my eyes hurt?’ Neo asks. ‘Because you’ve never used them,’ Morpheus replies.”
(To Be Continued)