Saturday, October 15, 2011

Caprica Metaphor

For those of you who don’t know, Caprica is a spin-off of the Battlestar Galactica series which takes place before the Cylon war and concerns, among other things, the development of Cylons. In the series, Cylons are a combination of robotics and avatars based on real people. One of the central characters, Zoe, who developed the avatar program ( with the original version being a copy of herself) dies leaving her avatar to live on in a virtual world (and sometimes in a robot). There is also one other ‘dead’ girl who lives in the virtual world.

The world these girls live in is a violent, immoral game world. They hate it, but of course they can’t leave. So they decide to change it, fighting against the attitudes that prevail there and even building a beautiful sanctuary with playful pink trees.

Those living with depression often feel like they are trapped in a dark, chaotic world with no one to turn to. But this isn’t true. We all have the ability to transform our world, and ourselves. It’s difficult work that requires help, but all we have to do is have a clear intention of what we want and head in that direction. This is not to imply that a person can completely manipulate the outside world or alter their past, but that how we perceive and interact with that world (by choosing optimism, healthy relationships…) is something within our control and we can shape our future.. One can even create an ideal, ‘happy place’ that can be used with meditations and relaxation techniques.

For those of you familiar with the show, this is only meant to be a limited metaphor…

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