Video Games as a Reflection of Life: A Metaphor

“As above, so below,” is an ancient phrase with deep meaning. Basically, it says that everything in existence is a reflection of something in a higher plane and vice versa. Plato’s perfection. Atoms resemble solar systems. Puddles of water are tiny lakes and oceans. But what of humans? What of life?

As above, so below.

Video games are the newest reflection of that ancient saying. While playing video games the player (who exists outside the game) takes on a persona of a character (who exists inside the game). By itself, the game character is static. It has no will of its own and cannot function without the outside influence of the player to direct its actions.

As below, so above.

Now, consider the game persona as your physical body. It only exists within the game (a.k.a. the physical universe). Your body is subject to all of the parameters and restrictions that the developers have programmed into the world. You cannot leave the playable area, so to speak.

Your body also requires a will to give it life. We call that a soul. But what is a soul? A soul is an individual fragment of the Divine that serves as the player. The soul exists outside the confines of the game, but acts as the intelligence that drives the body existing within the game. Without the soul, the body cannot function. It is as if the player stepped away for a snack and left the game running. Though the body still exists and lives, it has no will–no soul– to direct it or give it purpose. When the player is absent, the persona can’t progress.

As above, so below.

So what’s the point? Consider that just like in video games, life and the world throw obstacles at us and force choices on us. Of course, there is more depth to real life than to video games and sometimes our goals aren’t as clearly defined. But all that is part of the programming. Our players–our souls–direct us frantically through these instances. And just like in gaming, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. We acquire items and experience in order to help us reach our goals. And through the good and the bad, we keep playing. Right up till we either conquer or die. Whichever comes first.

As above, so below.


About That One Guy

Jason lives, laughs and loves in the Land of Enchantment. He has been many exciting things in his life, but his title has always been "author." His book, "The Ruined Man," was a finalist in the 2017 NM-AZ Book Awards. Follow him on Facebook at: Twitter: @infinityjones and Instagram @theruinedman and don't forget to check out his blog at

Posted on November 15, 2011, in Gaming, Religion and Spirituality and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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