I’ve added a new line to the “I am an Aquatic Ape cyborg” koan in the “Who am I?” set. It now reads:
“I am an Aquatic Ape cyborg. (Life is an MMO)”
MMO is short for MMORPG, which stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. This koan won’t mean much to you if you’ve never played an MMO. I recommend you buy the current coolest MMO, Rift, and get acquainted.
The thing about MMO’s is, they’re easy and they provide constant progression and exploration. You run around talking to people and doing things for them, and become increasingly more badass in the process, plus you save the world/universe/whatever. Every incremental step of progress is a reward. You can’t skip steps, but once a step is completed there’s no reward in going back to old activities.
So how does this relate to life? And more specifically, to Koanic Soul?
Well, since I’ve started mixing praying tongues in with cycling the other koans, everything has become relaxing and easy. Exactly like an MMO. The path of life is clearly defined, and you just do the steps to succeed. It’s that simple. So you enjoy the ride.
This koan reminds me to enjoy the sequential progress of life the same way I enjoy playing an MMO, and to take it with the same level of seriousness.
I feel like this is profound and I should write more about it, but there’s nothing else to say.