The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
The problem is when we’re on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them they control us. Whereas a person with self-awareness is able to exercise a little meta-cognition and say, “Hmm… every time my sister calls me and asks for money, I end up drinking a lot of vodkas.
I’m not even sure what the “meta-cognition” thing is supposed to mean.
Meta-cognition refers to our ability to recognize when we are, in fact, in meta-cognition. If we are in meta-cognition, we can see ourselves as we are. Our own thoughts, feelings, and actions are not just thoughts, feelings, or actions but are self-awareness.
That’s how we learn the difference between what we’re thinking and what we’re actually feeling. It could literally be a person standing in front of us, saying, “I’m feeling angry at you” and being able to feel it in her own body. But that’s not meta-cognition. That’s just anger.
Just as we can’t “see” ourselves as a “person,” we cannot “see” ourselves as a “person” in a computer game. A game is a simulation. So it’s impossible to “see” yourself as a computer game. You just know that you’re playing a game, and that it’s not reality.
Well, that’s exactly what the game is, a simulation, and that we are players. If the game is reality, then why do we feel angry? Well, for one, we feel angry because we are just as much a simulation of the game as the game is. We can see ourselves as the game thinks we are, but only as a simulation. To play a game we need to be more than a simulation. We need to feel that we are part of the game.
We have to get creative, or we won’t like the game. We can play with the games, but that’s just a guessing game.
So our game is a simulation because we feel so strongly that it is. And we need to be part of the game because we feel as if we are, even if we are not. It can be this way in our lives, or it can be that way in the game. Just as we feel angry that we feel like we are the game, they feel angry that they are the game.