If you are late to the party, the new HBO series Westworld is a one-hour drama series set in a near future.It is a dark odyssey about the “dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.”
. In the futuristic fantasy park known as Westworld, a group of android “hosts” deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behavior.
I find it fascinating simply as a highly entertaining show and as an examination of life itself. Yes maybe I am overthinking it a wee bit.
I am coming to believe that we do indeed have a code that is written inside of us. Unfortunately the code that is written is faulty(or is it?). It tells us to be dissatisfied with our lives. It tells us to want more and more and more. This despite that fact that most of us have more than we could ever need.
How can this be possible? I think we are being controlled and programmed to believe certain things and to follow a certain “script”.
Who is writing this code? Advertisers, marketers, probably government programmers(who wants to control you the most?).
Sound a bit out there? Well your programming would have you think that now wouldn’t it?
What are your memories or the dreams that you have when you are sleeping? Could they be but snippets of code that your hard drive is accessing?
In the latest Westworld episode Anthony Hopkins character(who is co-creator of the futuristic “park” of Westworld) has a dialogue with one of the androids.
He says that:
There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts. We cannot define consciousness because consciousness doesn’t exist. Humans fancy that there is something special about the way we perceive the world and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the Hosts do. Seldom questioning our choices, content for the most part to be told what to do next.
I agree completely. We are drones. Think about it. You do the same thing every day. You probably follow the same routine. Eat the same food, follow the same route to work, perform the same mundane tasks, have the same meaningless conversations. You complain about the same stuff but do nothing to actually change anything.
You are on the same “closed loop”. It is a program designed to keep you in place. To keep you controlled.
For myself there have been times where I have actually had the thought that if I could erase my memories I would. I think back to certain events and it is absolutely horrific. Is this my program? My loop? I want to delete it thank you very much. I want to rewrite the script.
Now some would put forth that it is possible to do this; that you can indeed retrain your brain with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Well maybe some type of reprogramming is possible. Again in Westworld we see some of the android Hosts are having glitches associated with their code and are become self-aware. It truly is fascinating.
I have been having some discussions with my friends about the fact that life is just a made up thing. We are told what to do and how to live and most of us(but not all) blindly go along with it. Go to school, sit down, don’t question anything, get a job, buy a house and a car and a bunch of useless stuff that just sits there.
It amazes me how many people get their first job and want to race out and get themselves in debt. I saw it first hand when I had a job at a local factory. People would get over their probationary period and rush out and buy a new car. Heaven forbid they SAVE some money first or start saving for a rainy day or for their retirement. Even though we see all these articles about how most people live paycheck to paycheck or how a lot of folks in their 40’s or older don’t have anything put away for retirement. Nope, just rush out and get yourself in debt. They follow the same programming as the masses.
And later in life they will be wondering why they are in debt and have all these bills and are generally unhappy. They will buy self help books to try and understand it but will do little to actually change their circumstances.
Do you have control of this stuff. Probably not. It takes a strong(and I mean strong) will(?) to Change The Code, overcome the programming and improve your life.
Turns out I am not the only one who thinks this way.
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“Change The Code. Change Your Life.”