Reblogged from purplebuddhaproject  196 notes

The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God… Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us… Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves. By Pema Chödrön (via purplebuddhaproject)

addition to short story idea

> protagonist is lead to believe that the “neuroses” is a program that keeps the prisoners alive

> what actually happens is that the prisoners are murdered with their consiousness saved so that they can still control the drones on mars

> 1. humans cannot recreate their own consciousness artifically/effectively -> need to use the real thing, find a way to save the human consciousness in a computer program

> 2. don’t want to get in trouble for “killing” them, so they devise a plan wherein the prisoners are lead into drug addiction within their dream state. 

> when they use in the dream, the brain is injected with the drug they use in the dream

> they are encouraged to use these drugs when approached by people in their dreams.

> done in a subconscious way so they don’t notice in the dream, brain waves altered so they don’t question

> become addicts in dreams

> lose control in dream

> during drugged dream state, encourage to participate in activities that will kill them

> die in dream, “die” in real life

> they think they die, but really the company takes over their consciousness as per terms and conditions of their program paperwork since they tacitly implied they no longer want their own life/consciousness

> consciousness used to control drones, each consciousness controlled by an umbrella computer program