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I'm sharing this here because Mass Effect is the closest thing to experiencing and exploring The Michael Teachings in an interactive vast universe that is based deeply in the power of Choice. You might think it weird to celebrate video gaming in a spiritual or philosophical community, but the most profoundly spiritual and philosophical explorations can be found in many video game worlds. Mass Effect is a beautiful, emotionally fulfilling experience that can't be put into words, but this article helps explain why it matters so much. Since N7 day is coming up (November 7th/Mass Effect Day), I thought I'd share a bit more about what has touched so many of us and even changed many of us who have played this game. TL;DR - Below is a synopsis: The flaw in every science fiction series is that they shy from the deep horror of the existence of intelligent life in infinite spacetime. The flaw is a simple one: the assumption that life has meaning, that intelligent life has a purpose, and that humanity contributes anything to the universe. Mass Effect forces the observant player to ask, "Why fight for survival in a meaningless universe?" From the answer stems a story that demands the player confront the purpose of human beings in the galaxy at every level. To play Mass Effect is to consider the value of the lives of other species, the meaning of life on a cosmic scale, and the importance of individual relationships in the face of cataclysm. Why does any of this matter? Why should we care that Mass Effect deals with any of these issues? The reason is this: Mass Effect is the first blockbuster franchise in the postmodern era to directly confront a godless, meaningless universe indifferent to humanity. Amid the entertaining game play, the interspecies romance, and entertaining characters, cosmological questions about the value of existence influence every decision. The game is about justifying survival, not of mere intelligent life in the universe, but of a *kind* of intelligence. Therein the triple-layered question – What value does galactic civilization bring to the universe; What value does humanity bring to galactic civilization; and What value do I bring to humanity – forces the player to recontextualize his or her participation in the very experiment of existence. Mass Effect confronts us with a hero of our own creating, with the deepest implications of diversity, with the most dramatic questioning of the value of what it means to be human. Whether you are a feminist, a transhumanist, a theologist, a proponent of space exploration, a pacifist, a human exceptionalist, a bioethicist, a scientist, or a philosopher, Mass Effect demands you rethink your world. By exploring and expanding upon the big questions asked by the last century of science fiction, Mass Effect has become the standard bearer for the questions the next century of science fiction will seek to answer. FULL ARTICLE