The Overworld


"I was looking for an answer. It's the question that drives us, Neo. It's the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did."
-
Morpheus, The Matrix

Where are we?

We may think we know the answer to his question. You may say, "I'm sitting in a chair, in a room, in a building on the surface of planet Earth." But that perspective is rather constricted. We are all, I think, born with a sort of mental nearsightedness. We limit our perspective of the universe to only what we see and what we are told, blind to anything beyond. There are those, however, who overcome this blindness; they are those who break the mold and pioneer new worlds.

Ignatius Reilly, in one of his few moments of sensibility, writes, "The universe, of course, is based upon the principle of the circle within the circle. At the moment, I am an inner circle. Of course, smaller circles within this circle are also possible" (Toole, 76).

If I may expand Ignatius' metaphor, I would call every circle in this group of concentric circles a world. The universe is made up of an near-infinite number of worlds, each with its own distinct properties. A world can be anything from the planet Earth to the world of Christianity to the Wonderful World of Disney. For many of us, the circles within our line of sight become our permanent residences. The pioneers, on the other hand, are dissatisfied with the worlds laid before them. They possess a certain "hunger of the spirit" that cannot be satiated by the worlds into which they are born (Krakauer, 97). To satisfy themselves, they invent their own worlds. Instead of falling through the gaps between those concentric circles, they draw their own circles to stand on, and the results can be fascinating. From adventurer Chris McCandless' world to my own, this Wiki will explore invented worlds, and why people invent them.


There is more to our universe than meets the eye.

"Welcome to the Real World."
- Morpheus, The Matrix

Works Cited
Toole, John K. A Confederacy of Dunces. New York: Grove Press, 1980.
The Matrix. Dir. Andy and Larry Wachowski. Perf Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. Warner Bros, 1999.
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 1997.



Reasons to Invent: Need for a Purpose | Beauty
and When it goes wrong

Other: A Link to The Past

A glimpse into Gaming
Magic Kingdom -- a short story
Advertising in SL


Eng. 216 Syllabus
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