All the world's a stage in Sum, or at least in two stories it is.
In "The Cast," we learn that the afterlife requires us to play dramatic roles in other people's lives, which are actually dreams.
We find a similar scenario in "Incentive," only here the actors win a prize for their convincing performances: ignorance, or reincarnation as one of the "Beneficiaries" of this strange show. The Directors "know you will sink to any depth of infidelity to preserve the lie for your eventual return to it," Eagleman writes.
Where else in Sum do we see humans lying to themselves or others? How do humans incorporate theater or acting into their daily lives on Earth? What is the difference between lying and acting?