Values and meaning in an illusory world
Of course, Walter is wrong. He doesn’t get that he is part of a cartoon and that “readers” of his “universe” are vastly more complexly symbolic than “he.” You, as a walter-reader know that he has no nervous system, no thoughts-no nothing really. “His” seeming “personality” and “its” desire to adhere to some value system is, appropriately for a cartoon, laughable.
From our point of view, Walter’s values, goals and philosophy are inside his cartoon world, and therefore are meaningless in that Walter’s God-should he meet God-would be also a cartoon character who would only be representing God. If we see Walter carefully raising his family, we know that no family is being raised and he never fathered the kids. Walter cannot eat pizza-not even cartoon pizza. It is all baseless. There is no sentience, no doer, no actions, in this world. Only our imaginations see symbols that remind us of “real” things.
Yet, our great challenge as characters in the dream that is ALL THIS is to see ourselves exactly as we see Walter. Key to this accomplishment is to find a witness in our lives that can be understood to be something other than a physical process of our nervous system that merely symbolizes the witness. As Walter compares to you, a walter-reader, you can be compared to the witness, a “you” reader. There is no absolute reality in ALL THIS. All of ALL THIS constantly changes and is subject to an eventual end. The witness does not have any quality of ending, beginning, being, actions, doing, etc., and hence it is illusory to attempt to compare ALL THIS to the witness.
Ironically, to us as characters in this dream, the witness is equally unreal. This is because all of our definitions of reality are “tainted” with qualities like time and space. Here’s the good news: it is not the job of the character to believe in the witness or become one with it. The character has no job. As a character, I WILL ABSOLUTELY be whatever Universal Consciousness makes of me. As Walter’s author, I decide everything that is going to happen in Walter’s “life.” However, I, would “never” give him a lower half to his body. This is because I have established a certain aesthetic paradigm about Walter that I do not want to violate-it’s my artistic whim to maintain it. So too are we all representing aesthetic momentums reflected by our histories which only change according to the artistic whim of Universal Consciousness. Just as a character in your nightly dreams has no free will, neither do you.
However, once your personality finds itself being saturated with the consciousness-axioms that are discoverable by using the Consciousness Exercises (or other methodologies,) you will find that your entire life is laughable, and then, guess what?-you’ll laugh!
Ask yourself,Is between my thoughts where I should look to find the edges of my panels?
Am I in a vast cartoon that is flowing at almost infinite panels per second?
Is it okay for Walter to live his life being concerned about God, duty, etc.?
Is living a value filled life really valuable?