In today’s age of heightened expectations, the concept of self-awareness doesn’t hold as much meaning anymore. The average person’s perspective on life has changed and the need for recognition, self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-love has been lost.
Self-awareness is a big topic in our society, and we can look back to the times of Socrates and Plato and see how the concept has changed our view of ourselves. Socrates was often criticized for being a self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-deluding, but at the same time he was the first philosopher to really look into the nature of the human soul and how it related to the rest of the world.
Socrates also had an amazing insight into the nature of the soul that was so valuable that it has stuck with us ever since. The best statement I can think of on what he taught us about the human soul came during his trial. He was so afraid he would get sentenced to death that he began crying out to the gods, begging them to protect him and stop him from going to the worst possible fate. Then he said, “What a sad story… what a sad story.
I always felt that Socrates also taught us the most valuable thing about the human soul: not the fact that he was a philosopher, but that he died young. It’s a sad story because most people never make it to the age of 25. Socrates never made it to 25 and he died at 23. Socrates’ life was very short, and his death was very tragic. But it was still a life.
At the core of a lot of people’s reactions to Socrates’ death are the same reactions they will have to this game. I think the most important thing that Socrates taught us is that, “the soul is immortal, and immortality is an illusion.” It’s one of the most profound statements you will ever hear in science. You can’t stop the soul forever and it’s perfectly natural to feel that you can’t, because the soul’s in charge of you. Socrates taught us that.
The reality is, the soul is not immortal (although the soul may technically be immortal). It is, however, immortalized. The soul is a living thing. However, the soul is only in charge of you for 5,000 years, with the end of its reign at death.
This is the part where the real fun begins. It is also the part that you probably should not have missed. For the first 5,000 years of your life, the soul is in charge of you and, if you feel the need to cheat death, you are free to do so. However, if you decide to cheat death, the soul will immediately take control and kill you.
The soul is also immortal. However, the soul is now in charge of you for one millennium, during which time you are free to cheat death. This is the part where the fun begins. You can be free to cheat death for one hundred years, then one hundred thousand years, and then one hundred million years. You can also cheat death for one hundred thousand years, then one hundred billion years, and then one hundred trillion years.
At the end of each cycle, you can decide at the end of the new millennium whether to cheat death or not. However, you can’t cheat death on your first cycle. For each cycle you decide to cheat death, you only have a one in a million chance of getting to the millennium or the billionth cycle.
If you decide to cheat death on your first cycle, then once you cheat death on your last cycle, you can cheat death forever, or you can cheat death on your third cycle, but then you are doomed forever. To do this, you have to keep cheating death until you die.