RSI - Residual Self Image

Residual Self Image: The subjective appearance of a human while connected to The Matrix is called Residual self image, or RSI for short.
While having a Matrix marathon, I realized one more thing about the philosophy behind the movie.
When Morpheus is explaining what Matrix is and how it works to Neo, he says something about "Residual self image". In the beginning of the movie Neo appears like a regular person in the Matrix, because he doesn't believe that he is "the ONE". After he believes and knows that he's "the One" his RSI improves a lot.
This had to do something with the confidence. So I started to search on the internet about self image and look what I found below. It's not something you might not have guessed, but it's really interesting to see it in real life and in people around you.

Self image
A person's self image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, sex, I.Q. score, etc.), but also items that have been learned by that person about himself or herself, either from personal experiences or by internalizing the judgments of others. A simple definition of a person's self image is their answer to this question - "What do you believe people think about you?" A more technical term for self image that is commonly used by social and cognitive psychologists is self-schema. Like any schema, self-schemas store information and influence the way we think and remember. For example, research indicates that information which refers to the self is preferentially encoded and recalled in memory tests, a phenomenon known as "Self-Referential Encoding" (Rogers et al. 1977).

This part is very important for everyone!

Poor self image may be the result of accumulated criticisms that the person collected as a child which have led to damaging his/her own view of himself/herself. Children in particular are vulnerable to accepting negative judgments from authority figures because they have yet to develop competency in evaluating such reports.

My opinion is this: Don't let your RSI fool you! Because, it's not real. Instead realize the truth and find out who you really are and what you look like...
Like Rumi says: "either seem as you are or be as you seem"

No story!...

Image courtesy NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al.,
MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. and ESO/WFI.
 I had one of the most amazing experiences right about 10 minutes ago.
I got out of my office walking towards Washington Ave on Lincoln Rd trying to decide what to eat for lunch. Then I walked in to Pizza Rustica. I saw the mozarella tomato sandwich on the display, ordered it and payed for it. While they were heating it, I realized that there is HAM under the mozarella. I said to myself "Shoot, I don't eat pork." I explained to the lady who took my order and she said she couldn't change it for something else in a very nice way. I said ok, I'll take it and try to scrape the ham of the sandwich. I took the sandwich in a pizza box and my fountain coke with me and walked out of Pizza Rustica kind of upset.

I kept asking myself "why I couldn't pay more attention?" and added "It wasn't the server's fault, it was mine". I couldn't understand why I bought an expensive sandwich which I was not going to eat.

Right after I walked out of rustica, aclean dressed man with two boys (about 8, 9 years old) approached me and asked "Excuse me sir, how much did you pay for that pizza?"

I answered "it's a sandwich, not a pizza but I paid $15" and right at that moment I had a flash in my head.

I said, "I bought this sandwich by mistake. I don't eat pork and it has ham in it. Do you want it?"

He replied "I cannot take your food sir."

Then I said "I'm not going to be able to eat it, seriously. Please take it."

Then he hugged me and took the sandwich and said "Thank you sir, I really appreciate it. I don't have anything to offer but if you want, you can chat with us while we eat.". Then he opened the box, told his two kids to divide the sandwich in to two and share.

I was interested and sat next to them on the concrete block and asked "So... what's your story?"
and he answered "No story, sir. My kids were hungry and I have very limited money."

I talked to the kids for a little bit and asked them what they want to be when they grow up, the older looking one answered "a baseball player" and the younger one said "I want to be just like my dad" giving a shy smile to his father next to him.

I told them that I had to go and we exchanged goodbyes to each other and right when I started walking, the man yelled "thank you once again."

It was all clear now... I understood why I bought that sandwich...

Universe has a weird way of putting things in order...

10 phrases for living by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    © Korat Ozturan
  1. I love you not for who you are, but who I am when I'm by your side.
  2. No person deserves your tears, and who deserves them won't make you cry.
  3. Just because someone doesn't love you as you wish, it doesn't mean you're not loved with all his/her being.
  4. A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.
  5. The worst way to miss someone is to be seated by his/her side and know you'll never have him/her.
  6. Never stop smiling, not even when you're sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.
  7. You may only be a person in this world, but for someone, you're the world.
  8. Don't spend time with someone who doesn't care spending it with you.
  9. Maybe God wants you to meet many wrong people before you meet the right one, so when this happens, you'll be thankful.
  10. Don't struggle so much, best things happen when not expected.