The Imitation Game

Real things provide life, bliss and satisfaction. Fake things provide the impression of life, bliss and satisfaction, but leave one feeling dead, depressed and dissatisfied. The eternal struggle between good and evil can also be seen as the struggle between the real and the false. The false impersonates the real, tempting people to use it as a shortcut to satisfy their desire, only to find themselves hungry and suffering.

Humans have always sought to imitate Life in their effort to try to improve upon what already existed. Yet, their creations only bring them further from Life itself. Money, an abstract number that is potentially exchangeable for real things, is an imitation of value itself. At any moment, these numbers can be seen for what they truly are – nothing, and thus become worthless. Yet people have lost real things, such as their own happiness and lives, in the pursuit of these fake numbers.

Modern spirituality (inspired by science and rationality) provides a sterile experience for its followers. Scientific progress is always good despite the costs it imposes on people and the environment. Algorithms and systems are always beautiful, even if people are reduced to robotic androids following them. The ultimate meaning of Life can be found in the exploration of provable facts alone, claims those who envision Humanity merged into a single mind. Existence and Enlightenment are but pure emptiness, so say those who seek to know nothing but talk like they know everything.

If the omniscient and omnipotent God does not exist, then Humanity will create its own technological god using artificial intelligence, big data and lots of surveillance devices. This imitator will see everything and know everyone intimately; it will punish the wrongdoers and reward the righteous in a perfectly objective and unerring manner. Free will then becomes irrelevant, because only the extremely foolish will ever choose to defy such a god that is proven to exist.

Why seek a living human or animal when we can interact with cute-looking images controlled by an algorithm? Why have a real farm, restaurant or business when we can have a virtual version that we can control with clicks? Why have a deep heart-to-heart talk with a real person when we can post short, anonymous comments on social media? Why do we need anything real at all when the virtual is more perfect and convenient? Our existence simply becomes a game that is removed from reality but yet pretends to be about reality.

It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If so, there is no shortage of praise for the Creator in the modern era of Fakery. Evil tries to imitate Good, Cruelty tries to imitate Kindness, Ugliness tries to imitate Beauty, Fakery tries to imitate Authenticity, and Emptiness tries to imitate Meaning. People have a tendency to become comfortable with Fakery and forget what is real, and because of this, true happiness remains elusive. It is then fortunate that when one has truly experienced the real thing, then one will only choose the real and let go of the false.

Suffering is a choice, not an obligation.
Suffering is from within, not without.
Suffering is to be invited, not pursued.
Suffering is inevitable, not unattainable.

Happiness is a choice, not an obligation.
Happiness is from within, not without.
Happiness is to be invited, not pursued.
Happiness is inevitable, not unattainable.

Choose reality as it is.
Choose to partner with reality.
Reality is our biggest boss.
When we fight reality, we always lose.