People will pay to simulate death—the easy way to be born again. The Roller Coaster has makes you feel alive because your body thinks it’s going to die when you top the precipice and plunge to your death, only to rise again. There is no greater rush then escaping death. Once you get in that roller coaster seat, you can’t get off your karmic ride; you have committed to the trip. Life won’t stop for you. You must surrender.
Life is a Roller Coaster is a metaphor: The coaster is life; the coaster is not life. Logic asks well which is it; you can have two opposites in the same idea. Life is a stage, says Shakes-pear, the master of metaphor.
The metaphor brings in two contradictory views; objective and subjective. Objective view would just outline the mechanic of a roller coaster, write a manual so you could fix it, describe it. But that map says nothing about the subjective experience of the ride. But we are not just looking at the emotions of the ride objectively, but that is the same objective map of the human mind and emotions. But what about I…what about the subjective center as ME which is the center of the world. Yes, you are the center of the world you experience just like you are the center of the GPS navigator. You are the axis mundai of the experiential world. That is the Subjective with a capital S. Buddhism and the non-dual tradition is a Subjective view of the world, the view from the Center as I. Not the ego I, but the Knower of I as subject and its world as object.
When I write about the video metaphor I see, like a clip on a roller coaster, it’s more like prose poetry, instead of prose or poetry.