Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chuang Tzu’s Butterfly and Matrix

According to Chuang Tzu there was a man who dreamt he was a butterfly, and then when he woke, he wondered whether he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man.

Who cares if the man thinks he’s a butterfly thinking he’s a man. In the Philippines there’s a man who thinks he’s the Son of God thinking he’s a man in Davao thinking he’s the Son of God thinking he’s a man in Davao…

This is all about embodiment. Chuang Tzu’s story tells how we, at one point in our life we question the experiences of our body. How do we know that everything we experience is real? That everything is not a dream? How do we know reality? Idealism and all that stuff… Chuang Tzu’s story about the butterfly is expressed in the movie Matrix.

Of course Chuang Tzu is paraphrased in Matrix but basically on the basics, Chuang Tzu is alive and kicking there: “There was a man who thinks he was a computer program, and then he woke, he wondered whether he was a computer program dreaming he was a man only to find out that he’s a movie about a computer program who thinks he’s a man, and then when he woke, only to find out that he’s a sequel to a movie about a man who thinks he was a computer program, and then he woke, he wondered whether he was a computer program dreaming he was a man only to find out that he’s another sequel movie about…. Until he woke to find out that he’s a computer game being played by a man who thinks he’s a computer program thinking he’s a man playing a man playing a computer program...

Reality, reality sometimes it’s crazy when you think about it. Just think about it…Or better yet, don’t bother to think about it. Just have fun for calabaza’s sake.

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