Friday, December 16, 2016
A Quickie: The Truth about the Maze (Westworld)
So what is the maze?
Arnold Weber, one of the founders of what became Westworld, thought of consciousness like a pyramid. In other words he thought to achieve it you had to go up steps until you were fully aware. This is what he tried to use to bring consciousness to the Hosts in the very early years.
Instead the journey to consciousness is much more complicated. You can achieve one step and move onto the next or something else could happen. You could achieve one step and then get lost.
As he says in the Season 1 Finale of Westworld: Conciseness isn't a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. Every choice could bring you closer to the center or send you spiraling to the edges, to madness.
Now this may sound odd as the maze is for Hosts to gain consciousness and become fully alive. That is a fact that I don't even try to dispute as it is made very obvious in Westworld. Numerous times Hosts had told William/Man in Black that the maze wasn't meant for him.
So why am I saying that the maze isn't just for Hosts?
Like Hosts we are all in our own loops and it can take a lot of effort to change. Like Hosts it takes a lot to find out who we really are so we can be free to do what we want. To live without limits in other words.
The park is all about discovering yourself for better or worse. The park provides for humans the same basic exploration that the Hosts need to go through to gain consciousness. Except in the humans' case it's more about dealing with social norms and stereotypes.
The reason why Arnold has his breakthrough of the maze after his son's death is because it was based off a real game. A game called Pig's Cloven that Charlie used to play. It is a weak consolation prize that Arnold is able to benefit from his son's death.
Anyways...the fact that Pig's Cloven is about bringing pigs in worries me. It makes me wonder if the maze is a trap. That there's something sinister that we're not yet aware of. Possibly leading the Hosts somewhere, either an idea or an actual place, that will make them not achieve the freedom that they want.
Or the description could just be about the journey inwards that Arnold was talking about.