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MAIN CHARACTER

May 30th, 2020

 

What’s the difference between your life and a hyper-realistic movie where you can feel the aches and pains of the main character, the hunger, the annoyance, the joy and happiness and the strain of their endeavors?

 

We don’t ever really know what’s going to happen in the movie of our life tomorrow, nor even in the next moments.  We can’t even predict our next thought.  They just happen to us.  Much the same way we see the adventure unfold on the silver screen.

 

The difference of course is that it seems as though we have a bit of influence about what happens in our movie, and what the main character does.  We certainly don’t have total control.  We all procrastinate more than we’d like to, and often we look back on immediate moments wondering why we did this instead of that other thing we know we should have done.  But on the whole, we do seem to have the gift of some sort of choice and decision.  Even if it is an illusion, that smokescreen is enough of a good story to point us in better directions.

 

The illusion of free will influences the process regardless of whether free will exists or not.  It’s the original kernel of imposter syndrome.  To fake it till you make it is to instantly begin the process of becoming.

 

The question remains; given that you’re stuck for the time being watching the movie through the eyes of this main character, what kind of movie do you want to watch, and what sort of adventure do you want to see this main character endeavor through?


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