by Gary 'Z' McGee
"Nature is busy
creating absolutely unique individuals,
whereas culture has invented a single mold
to which all must conform.
It is grotesque."
As such, our Matrix/Cave is the cultural mold we tend to cling to.
Therefore, in order to progressively evolve (as individuals and as a species), indeed, in order to transcend the Cave and overcome the Matrix, we must be willing to break the cultural mold.
This is easier said than
done, because fear of the unknown is ever-present.
This isn't complete destruction, mind you. It's creative destruction.
Similar to the way a caterpillar gets annihilated in the cocoon and then put back together again in the form of a butterfly, an ego-centric perspective gets annihilated by overcoming an existential threshold and then comes back together again in the form of a soul-centric perspective.
But unlike the
caterpillar which acts on instinct to create its cocoon, the human
animal must act on courage to create their cocoon phase.
Three, in particular:
Let's break it down...
cannot change anything."
An ego that forms without the
ability to question will forever remain uninitiated (trapped in the
box of its own delusions) unless an outside force - something
traumatic like a death in the family or a near-death experience -
acts upon it with enough pressure to kick it into a cocoon phase.
At some point we will still have to take the leap of courage into questioning who we think we are.
The more we question,
Things open up. Things become illuminated.
Providence becomes the
reason to continue the practice of questioning ourselves to the
The mightiest leap of
courage you can take is drawing the Question Mark Sword out
of your scabbard and cutting through the delusion of your certainty.
As Scott Adams said,
The Cave gets you through the day.
The Matrix gets you through the day.
the Cave and the Matrix gets you past your egocentric
perspective and ushers in the raw materials necessary to develop a
soul-centric perspective that keeps the cycle of self-questioning
going, which keeps Fear on its heels and gives it no choice
but to be fuel for the fire of authentic and healthy change.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
There is still culture to deal with, and culture is the main prop-and-stay of the Cave and the Matrix. You are an aspect of culture, like a drop in the ocean, so you must also have the courage to question your cultural skin.
This is probably the
scariest leap of courage because there is the inherent threat of
ostracization. Which is a likely possibility.
Some call this ego death. Some call it a dark night of the soul.
We're using the metaphor
of the cocoon. And inside the cocoon there is the absolute
annihilation of the uninitiated ego (the na´ve, ignorant,
codependent self) before the complete reanimation of the ego that is
initiated by Soul.
Answering these questions can be a destructive process. But that's okay.
Because if you can
survive it, the wisdom in your scars and the experience in your
weathered soul will make you even more capable of being illuminated
by the sunlight outside the Cave and being moved by the harshness of
the Desert of the Real outside the Matrix.
Knockout the kneecaps of God himself, if need be.
As Dostoevsky profoundly stated,
So destroy God. Then reinvent God. It's all you anyway. Be the Phoenix.
Relish in the ashes, and
then rise up a stronger more robust version of yourself prepared to
adapt to, and overcome, the vicissitudes of life.
is found at all times and in all places."
It's authentically seeing the sunlight. It's genuinely feeling the harshness of the Desert of the Real. It's the ability to rebirth ourselves, cyclically, again and again.
What is the truth?
The truth is, before, we were trapped by Fear and we weren't aware of our delusions, whereas now, in the cosmic throes of our rebirth, we are free to question our delusions and thereby stay ahead of Fear.
We can look back on our
path and see how our codependence (on the Cave/Matrix) dissolved
into independence (in the cocoon phase) which dissolved into
interdependence (rebirth). And now we are prepared to rise above our
Delusions are a survival strategy for a creature that knows that it knows, that knows it's going to die, that must grapple with both the smallness of living in an unfathomably large universe and the finiteness of being a mortal creature destined to die despite holding infinity in its heart.
As Berdyaev surmised,
But at least we are no longer slaves to our delusions. We are no longer slaves to Fear.
We have gained the transcendent capacity to question our delusions and challenge our fears. We have earned the spiritual wherewithal to be flexible and robust against the inherent meaninglessness of reality.
We've secured the
existential aptitude to embrace that infinity in our heart and hold
it up against the meaninglessness of the universe and declare it
Just be sure to tear your God down. Kill your codependent self so that your independent self can emerge with the audacity to become your interdependent self which has the power to transcend fear and delusion.
Build, destroy, rebuild, redestroy.
Don't remain too long in the outdated comfort of any Cave or Matrix. Feel the existential absurdity if it all. Soul to marrow. Heart to bones.
Then laugh. Rise above
it. Wreck yourself against infinity...