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My brain is still reeling from this short film about Everything

by: Randy -
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This is a short film about Everything. Everything is a game (?) by David O'Reilly. David O'Reilly made the game (?) Mountain, too. In Mountain, you watch a disembodied mountain rotate and have random objects fall on its sloped surface and accumulate. In Everything, as far as I can tell, you can transmit your perspective from creature to creature, object to object, molecule to molecule, throughout an entire universe. It's wild.

I'm usually a person that spends a little extra time looking for the words when words are appropriate and necessary to describe something, but I simply don't have the words to describe Everything. You watch the camera frolic with animals, cluster around plants, dip into the molecular, then soar into the galactic. All the while, British philosopher Alan Watts (1915–1973) narrates a mesmerizing tale of awareness that intersects the big and the small, where the "enormous depends on the tiny, and the tiny depends on the enormous." Watts starts by saying:

One of the first things which everybody should understand is that every creature in the universe, that is in any way sensitive, and in any manner of speaking, conscious, regards itself as a human being.

And it goes from there. I have no idea where to go from here. Yes, this is a video promoting David O'Relly's next game (?), Everything. But it's a hell of a meditation in its own right. I recommend watching it only (only!) if you need to get out of your own head for just 10 minutes. Only watch this if you need a moment away from all of this—in order to see how connected you are to all of this. Hit save game, place a bookmark, pause the album, stop the Netflix countdown to the next autoplaying episode. Do what you have to do. There's something profound worth observing here.

Everything comes out on March 21 for PlayStation 4, and on April 21 for PC.

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