By S. Derrickson Moore
LAS CRUCES — This may very well surprise you, even if you consider yourself a cutting-edge tech geek.
I’m happy to announce we now have the technology for the ultimate, multimedia, multisensory, cradle-to-grave reality show experience.
That’s right. You can not only see and hear (assuming you have normal sight and hearing) virtually every lifetime experience, but you can also smell, taste and feel every sensation as you enjoy the URS (Ultimate Reality Show).
Imagine. You can experience the world with the zest and wonder of a child, learning new skills and enjoying all the sensory miracles of nature. Imagine the sensation of raindrops, warm sun, cool snow and summer breezes on your skin. The taste of juicy fresh fruit, the fire of a chile pepper, the smooth chill of peppermint ice cream.
For those brave enough, we can also now experience the emotions and thought processes as well as the full range of sensations that are part of the URS.
There are risks, of course. No matter how well you think you can control the technology, there is always the danger of experiencing fear, pain, jealousy, hatred, greed and other unpleasant sensations. But willingness to encounter these things will enhance your skill set and mastery of the URS experiences that will allow you to get to higher levels and MURS (master level URS) experiences that include opportunities to savor things like love, compassion, faith, hope and joy.
If your tastes run to adventure and you have the will, stamina and determination, you can customize the URS to experience the thrill of swimming in a rejuvenating stream or lake. Or skiing or hiking or running through a beautiful landscape, with the wind actually rippling through your hair, the aroma of evergreens and wildflowers surrounding you.
Again, imagine: Experiencing the full spectrum of emotions, thoughts and sensations as you live through a range of “firsts:” first day of school, first friendships, first kiss, first loves, first child of your own, first job, fun vacations ... and all the rites of passage and ceremonies of life: births, graduations, marriages, anniversaries, funerals, honors and triumphs, quiet accomplishments, obstacles triumphantly overcome.
Some feel the URS can be enhanced by texting, sexting, Twittering, YouTube, Skype, My Space, Facebook and iTunes and gadgets ranging from Blackberrys to iPhones, PCs and laptops, Wii or any other state-of-the-art video games. Others think such things are useless distractions in the full enjoyment and appreciation of the URS.
The choice is up to you. You may interface your Ultimate Reality Show with any or all of these things, or even with more primitive technologies and systems, from TV, books and magazines to movies and snailmail. (And, to the surprise of many, even very young tech geeks have reported amazing thrills from interfaces with books and snailmail letters during URS.)
And there’s more: You can also interface your URS with the URS of others. No special attachments are necessary to begin, though I personally feel your URS will be enhanced by interfacing with loving family and friends, especially in the beginning.
Some feel you should proceed with great caution and carefully plan and negotiate terms of endearment before you contemplate any URS interfaces with others.
But I’ve found that some of the most rewarding and exciting URS interfaces can result from spontaneous and serendipitous links with a URS based in a different land and culture.
Again imagine: these interfaces will enable you to expand and enhance your own URS to experience and identify with the adventures of others.
All it takes to successfully navigate such interfaces is a bit of compassion, empathy, and for best possible results, faith, hope, charity, love, imagination, courage and a sense of adventure and humor.
If you haven’t guessed by now, the Ultimate Reality Show is you, your life.
It’s yours to experience, in surround sound, Technicolor, and sensory full-tilt open throttle.
Right here, right now.
Pay careful attention or you could miss the best parts.
S. Derrickson Moore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org