There's a lot to unpack here. First we must start with a definition of Love. Tom's definition is: 11. Love, the opposite of fear, is about other – it is creatively expressed as compassion toward, and caring about, other – it expresses itself in terms of service and value to others. Love is awareness expressing an intention to be caring, helpful, and useful to others. To be more precise, compassion and caring, service and value, being helpful and useful to others are the results of awareness acting on a love based intent which is also a fearless intent. Love is the fundamental nature of a low entropy Consciousness. Love is given away at the being level while need is negotiated at the intellectual level. When you eliminate a “normal” being’s high entropy fear, his ego and beliefs also drop away and what you have left is a very abnormal low entropy being of love. Thus love as used here extends much beyond the more normal English language concept expressed by the English word love and related most strongly to Eros. It rather includes most of the other aspects perhaps expressed in other languages and also including such concepts of compassion, caring, and empathy. Loving yourself is called Narcissism and is very dysfunctional. Not feeling negative about yourself is necessary and the first step to growing up and getting rid of your fears.
This is not at all the definition we usually recognize in the little picture. Love in the little picture is all about how well another person satisfies our needs.
Yet it is not the same kind of love we experience post avatar death.
When we stop getting this PMR data stream, and re-orient back to our IUOC, our main concern is entropy. The LCS's goal is lowering its entropy through its parts lowering its entropy. So all help and cooperation that could possibly promote that is provided.
And this world is rather cruel wherein the wild, there is overwhelming and collective murder of other animals and constant procreation into lives where every second is a struggle for the organism. So this human sense of love is also not "God's" sense of love based on the way they choose to run this simulated world.
This PMR is a probable digital evolving virtual reality. It is the way it is because that is the way it evolved, and we are the way we are. Death is so feared in our culture and many of our views revolve around that fear. Switching reality frames is not such a big deal. The animal that is eaten re-orients and jumps back into the VR for another go-round. This is the way we all evolve.
Animals evolve within the decision space they have. There are many, many stories of animals exhibiting choices not usual for their species. The ewe who suckled an orphan lamb with her own. Her instincts were to reject any offspring that weren't her own to increase the chances of her own lamb's survival. But her CHOICE was to accept an orphan. There was a story a few years ago about terrorists who took over a town that had a zoo. They put a donkey in with a starving lion. The next morning they found the donkey and the lion shivering close together in a corner. The lion had a choice and made a different one than its instincts. You can see this with all animals that have enough decision space. An earthworm has very little decision space and so does almost everything, or everything, from instinct alone.
One can say we made the choice to incarnate although our understanding of "choice" is a bit blurred when we are talking about us before incarnating as an avatar.
However, this VR has built itself from the ground up and this is the way things have evolved and been programmed to evolve.
Free will is an absolutely necessary component of consciousness. So you have a choice whether or not to incarnate at all. You have a choice where to incarnate and the circumstances. We are all volunteers here, none are drafted in any way.
The struggle of all life isn't "ego", the world is a rough place, animals eat other animals, things starve to death, constant fighting for survival and procreation. 150-200 species of animals go extinct every day. That is first where we find ourselves, before the ego talk. Tom said before in a fireside chat the the world almost exclusively NPCs for millions of years of evolutions until it started taking on conscious players. So clearly in this world, God's sense of love and reality is different from ours. After all, this VR or God is very very low entropy and that love is about others right? So i see it as simple deduction
You need to take a bigger picture view of this. You chose a fast track VR that is full of intense interactions. This PMR evolved in a way that is necessary for beings to eat, and a number of those entities are carnivores. There are other VRs where entities don't eat at all. A lioness kills a zebra trying to defend her foal, and the avatar that was being a zebra jumps back into the game as a moose in Canada. What is so tragic about that? The lioness was able to feed her cubs.
I think this post by Ted
about Love is one of the best.
One thing that you must keep in mind to understand 'love' is that there is more to it than the single 4 letter word in English implies in our normal cultural usage. If you look in an English thesaurus for synonyms you find words like: affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passion and we frequently add distinctions by linking love with another descriptive adjective. If you go back to ancient Greek, such a root source in our society and culture, you find the following list: philia (dispassionate virtuous love which includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity - compare to filial love), eros (love in all of it's sexual flavors - compare to erotic love), agape (thought of as a more pure and idealized form of love, divorced from the physical but in modern times developing that meaning also - a concept of love often used in religious contexts - perhaps compare to pure love), storge (the affection of a parent for a child - parental love), and xenia (an almost ritualized friendship and caring for, formed between a host and his guest - perhaps caring love). This could be carried on into outer languages and cultures. You can pursue this on your own at the library or on the Internet and go on for quite some time. The English word love simply does not have simple equivalents within other languages and cultures and its biases simply produce difficulties in understanding this usage. The simplest way to approach a single better word is the ancient Greek agape, in my opinion.
Let me describe the context of love within which Tom, in my understanding, uses it and equates it with very low entropy. This context is that our existence within Consciousness Space where we exist as IUOCs and as such are integral parts of The One Consciousness as we communicate over the RWW and thus are The One Consciousness. Thus we in concert are and create and are the driving force or Mind behind Consciousness Space in all of its features and functionality. Simultaneously, we are time sharing our beings as IUOCs as virtual selves in order to participate independently within virtual realities such as NPMR and PMR. Tom has spoken of this as an alternate way to view our selves and The One as one integral fractal thing that is in fact every thing and the only thing that exists. When we as individual IUOCs reach the point at which we can comprehend this fractal existence as integral parts of The One Mind/Consciousness and simultaneously as Individuated Units Of Consciousness, engaged in the mutual expression of our existence, developing our individual selves through interaction and simultaneously The One into every more complete expressions of individuality and yet the expression of the power of this One Thing as ever more complete understanding of Itself, reduced entropy. This is the context of 'love' as it is used by Tom. Love of the Whole, this Union, for its constituent parts and of the constituent parts for each other and of this Union, in recognition of this Union, this integral and mutual relationship.
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Free will means decisions within the reference frame of the consciousness and the decisions it recognizes as possible. If the LCS wants consciousness to inhabit VRs, the units of consciousness will inhabit the VRs, regardless of free will.
You are anthropomorphizing the LCS which isn't useful. The LCS is a digital information system. It doesn't want, compel, make, coerce, or anything else IUOCs to do anything. Otherwise there wouldn't be free will. It is like saying your computer wants you to turn it on. Your computer may run better when it is used regularly, but it has no desire for you to do so.
What you see as a hard cruel world is in fact just a reality that evolved through probability. And it is a fast track reality filled with mostly average quality consciousness beings making free will choices. And there are also some high entropy beings adding to the chaos, and some low entropy beings trying to help. What happens to us are opportunities. While one mother whose child dies from a disease becomes a drug addict, another starts a foundation to help others. Both are free will choices born out of the same situation. One is ego based, and the other is from Love.
Does this help you understand? If not keep asking questions.