Ready Player One
Last week I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I was pretty blown away by the story. I started to write a blog about my thoughts on the novel, but I ended up deleting my draft. Something wasn't clicking. I wanted my review to capture at least a fraction of the magic I had experienced while getting lost in the science fiction masterpiece. So, here I go again—trying to extract a little chard from the glass of my mind, which absorbed the light of Mr. Cline's words as they shone through the darkness of my eager eyes.
I suppose I could give you a brief synopsis of the plot, or maybe an insight into the themes and motifs within the narrative, but once again, I feel compelled to do something different. I don't just want to write about the story; I want to continue the story. Do you know what I mean?
How do I continue the story then, instead of merely rehashing details and highlights from the book? Well, what comes to mind is the Star Wars expanded universe. The Star Wars expanded universe refers to the body of work derived from the original trilogy created by George Lucas. Many offshoots and adaptations have sprung up from Lucas' original mythology. So, in that vein, I could commence with expanding the universe of Ready Player One and craft my own derivative novel, and the magic could continue.
But I'm not going to do that. Too much depth and commitment. I don't have the drive or the skill set to write a novel. I'm just going to stick with eking out a few insubstantial blogs here and there, plus a lengthy Facebook post from time to time, and of course some poignant emails to friends and family. I'm going to ride that wave of mediocrity and immaturity into the sunset of insignificance and missed opportunities. It is my destiny. And for one who has awakened to their true nature, letting go and acceptance are the benchmarks of awakening. To let go of everything. To accept everything as it is. True masters like Eckhart Tolle understand this dynamic. [TEST: Do you detect any sarcasm? Are you aware of subtle tones of cynicism and mockery?]
Actually, in Ready Player One, there is a virtual reality program called the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). In the OASIS, users can escape the dreariness of their real-life Earth circumstances. By throwing on a retina-scanning visor and slipping into a haptic jumpsuit, any person can enter the open-source system with its infinite possibilities. Oh yes, the OASIS is open-source, meaning that users can encode and create their own planets within the digital space. It is a blank canvas, ripe for creativity and imagination.
Just in case you're not familiar with the term "ontologically" (which shows up in the acronym OASIS), let me offer a definition for you. Ontology is the study of Being. The objective is very simple. How do we exist? How do things come into Being? What is the source of Being? Questions like that.
Within the context of OASIS, the Being-ness of the virtual world is centered around humans (anthropocentric). The program is a playground for humans to become whoever they want to be, including non-human creatures and entities. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Well, that's about all I can say about the marvelous novel. Perhaps one day the OASIS will be accessible here in non-fictional reality. In the meantime, I'm just going to fall back into nurturing my egoic, anthropocentric view of myself and the world. [I'm not being sarcastic this time. I promise.]
Thank you for reading. Be still, and flow.