Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A-ha is you.

Stare at the cross for a while...What you see is in your head, not the screen.

Before I get into the actual subject let me tell you that this might sound like a whole load of boloney if you read it when you do not take time to actually absorb it. If it looks like crapola to you after that, well..that is ok. But read very carefully. Another thing, I do not intend to sound like a messiah in this post. If I do, it is unintentional.

How many of you might agree if I said Life is an illusion? You might take that statement with no inner-meaning to it and blindly discard it. You might even discontinue reading this post. Like I said, read on and do it in your own time. We, as human beings have choices in front of us almost every instant. The path that we choose takes us to the next choice and so on. One of my friends wrote this in one of his posts- You are where you are today only because of all the choices you have made so far. And I said "Sometimes people are not even remotely responsible for certain events that occur. What do you say to that?" He did not answer me. I found the answer to that myself. In my effort to not sound like the promised deliverer, I am going to talk in layman terms.

What is motivation? Motivation can be defined as a concept used to describe the factors within an individual which arouse, maintain and channel behaviour towards a goal. Another way to say this is that motivation is goal-directed behaviour. When I say goal, I do not only mean people wanting to be successful in life by becoming the CEO of an MNC. Any behaviour is goal-directed, consciously or sub-consciously. Sometimes even unconsciously. There is something called a motivation cycle which explains how motivation works in human beings or even other animals, for that matter. Every drive, leads to thought, which inturn leads to behaviour. Behaviour leads one towards goal, then there are rewards. This cycle is vicious. You may ask "What about punishments then?"

Simple. The cycle leads to punishments and not rewards solely because of the choices you make. You may blame others or God for it, but it is you. I am not telling you it is your fault, it is the repercussion of the choices you made.

I think I kind of drifted away from "Illusion". People call themsleves "Realists" or "Cynics", I m an "Illusionist." At some point or the other, you might snap out of some situation and tell yourself it was fake or an illusion. This is how two people react to the same situation. These two people have been betrayed by someone they whole-heartedly trusted and cared for. One person believed that the betrayal is an illusion while the other believed that the good times they shared and the good side of that person is an illusion. Choices, again.

Imagine sitting in a movie theatre and you are watching a movie which you think is good. But the world's best movie is still an illusion, is it not? The pictures aren't even moving; they only appear to move. Changing light that seems to move across a flat screen set up in the dark? The other people, any people anywhere you go to any movie show, why are they there, when it is only illusions? It is entertainment, fun, could be educational, escape from boredom. A movie is like a lifetime. Then why would anybody choose a bad lifetime, a horror movie? They not only come to the horror movie for fun, they know it is going to be a horror movie when they walk in. They still walk in, why? They probably think they deserve it for horrifying somebody else, or they like excitement of horrification. Lots of people for reasons that are very sound to them enjoy believing that they are helpless in their own films. We need to understand that some people are unhappy because they have chosen to be unhappy. We are game-playing, fun-having creatures, we are the otters of the universe. We cannot die, we cannot hurt ourselves any more than illusions on the screen can be hurt. But we believe we are hurt, in whatever agonizing detail we want. We can believe we are victims, killed and killing, shuddered around by good luck and back luck. You may ask "How many lifetimes?" Well, how many movies have you seen? Films about living on this planet, about living on other planets; anything that's got space and time is all movie and all illusion. But for a while we can learn a huge amuont and have a lot of fun with our illusions, can we not?

Lots of people choose lifetimes because they enjoy doing things together. The actors in the film play together in other films- before or after depends on which film you have seen first, or you can see them at the same time on different screens. We buy tickets to these fims, paying admission by agreeing to believe in the reality of space and time...Neither one is true, but anyone who does not want to pay that price cannot appear on this planet, or in any space-time system at all. Although, there are some people who don't have any lifetimes at all in space-time..the people who never go to movies. Thet get their learning in different ways. Space-time is a fairly primitive school. But a lot of people stay with the illusion even if it is boring, and they don't want the lights turned on early.

Now, who writes these movies? We do. Who acts? Us. Who is the cameraman, the theater manager, the ticket collector, the distributor and who watches them all happen? Who is free to walk out in the middle, any time, change the plot whenever, who is free to see the same film over and over again? Anybody who wants to. But what is projector? Imagination.

The film exists beyond the time that records it, and if you kno what the movie is, you know generally what's going to happen before you walk into the theater; there's going to be battles and excitement , winners and losers, romance, disaster, you know that's all going to be there. But in order to get caught up and swept away in it, in order to enjoy it to its most, you have to put in a projector and let it go through the lens minute by minute. Any illusion requires space and time to be experienced.

So you pay your nickel and you get your ticket and you settle down and forget what's going on outside the theater and the movie begins for you.

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