In my earliest memory, I’m sitting in my childhood backyard pondering, perhaps, Indra’s net? The sorts of interconnectednesses we have within all of humanity, where you and I are the same consciousness experiencing reality through simultaneous simulations, coalescing in an immediacy where you react to me based on the you-experience bias of the me-experience bias. The Midnight Gospel doesn’t shed significant light on my journey, however, once I find the destination, what would I do?
I appreciate media that tries to digest information into palatable reproductions.
The clearest path for me to figure out that childhood vision of not even five years old would be to study the texts of every human religion, following the branches that speak out to me based either on that recollection, which could perhaps be more real to me than anything else I can later experience, or based on what makes the most sense to me. The thing is, though, that journey will arrive at its conclusion when it does. I’m not worried about it. If I were to learn the name of the belief that we are all one consciousness that experiences itself simultaneously, what would it do besides give a name to a feeling?
Does meditating before the alter of traditional gods have any less meaning than meditating before the alter of digital gods? Does this sort of thinking evoke heresy, and if so, whose gods have I offended? If not my own, and if I don’t know the names of them, what harm did I really do? Was it just exploring the nature of my reality that is criminal? Should I stay within a nature that I know to be untrue so I may fit within traditions that won’t accept me? Whose traditions will accept me at my face value?
Whose face value is even of any concern?
When I watch shows like Midnight Gospel, I’m reminded of times throughout my life where I’ve had pivotal moments. This childhood spiritualistic moment may have guided me on the path I’m still following today, but would it have done the same for you? Maybe you are less concerned with idle thought and more concerned with ephemeral stability? Is that any less valid than my concern?
Is it trivializing to use analogies from Power Rangers to explain spirituality?
What is the goal of analogies and why do we use them? If a concept can be digested easily in media like Power Rangers, then what if we say that a more esoteric concept is like the Power Rangers example? Does that trivialize the esoteric concept? Does it legitimize or even spiritualize Power Rangers? Does it even matter? Isn’t this whole thing a deeply personal connection, anyways, where even if we engage in collectivist activities within a collectivist society, you are still the “you” that is reading this, as is the “me” that is writing this.
Who are we, then, and why does this matter?
I think the dangers in looking for the answers for questions like this is that they distract us from figuring out why we were on the journey for these questions initially. When I think back to that childhood experience, considering how we have a shared consciousness and we’re all interpreting it through our subjective interpretations, wouldn’t that be trivialized if it were named? Wouldn’t that commodify the experience? I could then apply a label to it that I could purchase and proclaim to own.
Instead, it’s a feeling I’ve had throughout my life that’s subconsciously guided me.
This sort of potential to share empathy with anyone has its drawbacks, so I must learn to at times shield or numb the sensation for those who don’t deserve so much empathy, but I could also channel it to accelerate thoughts I think are net-positives for reality. Maybe having the name of this concept would help me hone and refine these thoughts into something I could use with clearer potency? I think it would probably just be a waste of time, outside of idly exploring the thoughts in shows like Midnight Gospel, or when they arise in idle moments throughout my life.
I haven’t, for example, read that article on Indra’s net in full.
I may never do so, either, because it’s not quite it for me based on what I have read. There may be concepts that help me grow but I watch Midnight Gospel because it stimulates certain thoughts, and I’ll read this and other articles when I want to know more formal thoughts, but for now, I’ve satisfied that exploration of my mind for the moment. It’s not so much that I’ve fully self-actualized or I’ve fully discounted any benefit for self-actualization within, just that right now, I’m satisfied.
I share these thoughts for framework of what Midnight Gospel means to me.
Just as Nirvana might invite you to consider nirvana or grunge, if media can help you digest information in any capacity, I think it can be more likely to be better than media that might not teach any sort of fable. Is that my extension of productivity? If I spend thirty minutes watching a show, is watching something that inspires my imagination always superior to something that doesn’t?
I dreamt of standing in line to watch a football game recently.
Football, for me, represents the ultimate American degeneracy. I hold it in no regard and spend no time even feigning the slightest interest in it. I wouldn’t say I hate it, but it bores me. There’s no narrative. Sure, you could build one within the structure of its gameplay design, but this sort of competitiveness doesn’t interest me. However, football is an important sport and lifestyle for many people. If I feel that way about football, why would I dream about standing in line to watch it? Standing in that dream-line for that dream-game was some event.
Just as inconsequential as that childhood experience and watching shows like Midnight Gospel.
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: Who controls enlightenment?|
|Related: Other Media Meandry essays and Series Reviews.|
|Screenshot: The moment in Episode 5 where I knew I wanted to write about my thoughts about the show so far.|
|Written On: 2020 June 07 [10:47am to 11:23am]|
|Last Edited: 2020 June 07 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]|