Freedom – true, absolute freedom of mankind – is one of the most critical aspects that *must* be followed by any government we live under from a purely religious point of view. Why is that…?
Our Creator endowed us with an absolute free will. That Creator of ours hardly had to do so, but rather did so in gifting us with a most blessed concept and a commandment for how mankind must live: Free, in every conceivable way imaginable. Therefore, we who live in democratic societies must NEVER vote for authoritarian or some such governments or politicians. Remember, Hitler was elected to office by the German Republic – he did not suddenly seize power by a coup de tat.
And so we must remain ever mindful to never give up the freedoms we have earned and have commanded by our Creator. Frankly, it scares me when a democratically elected leader says things like they wish his people acted like the North Koreans in worshipping that leader, or else they should have a lifetime appointment to office, as recently happened in China. This is definitively not to get political here – it is a simple reaction to unthinkable words to anyone who believes our own Creator gifted and desired immutable free will to all. When a leader says they are having a deep love affair with a North Korean leader who had his own uncle – and so many others in a purge that would fit right in with the Purge films and TV series – killed in unthinkable, horrific ways: The uncle’s nephew, O Sang-Hon was burnt alive by a flame thrower; the uncle and another official? Death by anti-aircraft machine guns, before being burnt to a crisp by… you guessed it! Flamethrowers.
We must forever keep our most basic rights to absolute freedom, and condemn and refute or resist any and all who would take that away from us in any conceivable way. For, again, it is what our Divine Creator almost demanded of us by gifting us with absolute free will. This means that, as adults, we should be able to engage in any way so long as no others are truly negatively effected by said action. We simply must forever retain that freedom, one we still haven’t reached as of yet – many actions are considered illegal and banned that should not be.
Whether this means gay marriage, women’s rights, minority rights or whatever. Even the so-called “War on Drugs!!!!!”, in going after primarily marijuana, a substance that hardly has any worse repercussions than alcohol, denies us that freedom to make that choice for ourselves. I also firmly believe we have a right to make decisions which might eventually harm ourselves – like smoking or other such things. As long as no one else faces harm from it, that choice is our divinely gifted right to make for ourselves as sentient adult beings.
Now as to why this absolute freedom is so important from my own perspective of the Creator Creating by way of Simulated Reality…? Well then, look no further than my previous posts on our existential purpose and the reason we were so Created: To have our Creator “cultivate” as many DIFFERENT sentient conscious beings as was possible. A distinct removal or lack of those freedoms as human beings…? It also takes away our right to be so very different! Think on the worst authoritarian states of human civilization: They one and all sought to find a human population that was little more than brainwashed robots who were one and all the same.
This stands in absolute opposition to our Creators intentions and desires for us as human beings. Therefore, any such authoritarian or limitation on our freedoms is almost standing as an enemy to the ways of our Creator and that Creator’s intentions and desires for us to enjoy. A positive side effect of this was surely creating as many distinct human consciousnesses as proved possible, in creating a veritable rainbow of human sentient individuals to enjoy our afterlives in our Creator’s higher plane of existence alongside the rest of mankind that have passed from this Earth in something much like a garden of unique and exceptional intelligent conscious beings.
So we must therefore always resist any and all efforts or laws aimed at taking away any such freedoms – and equally so, promote and ensure passage of such laws to ensure freedoms exist for us. Should one live in a distinctly authoritarian state today…? Then one must always seek to resist in any way possible – because God commanded it be so – in seeking to restore a government of absolute freedom for one’s citizens.
You simply cannot have truly different and distinct sentient consciousness develop under such authoritarian governments. They seek to cling to their power by developing a populace of identical sameness, brainwashed into “behaving” and worshipping that government and its “Dear Leadership”. This is utterly wrong and downright offensive to our Creator’s intentions for us to ALL enjoy.
The “utopia” on this Earth of ours comes from a civilization based on absolute freedoms for all the many billions of us. We must seek this out and ensure it to be just so. Again, anything else goes directly against our Creator’s designs and desires for us to have at this point in our civilization. We must all seek to become ourselves: who we are meant to be. This means following whatever path, no matter how strange or outlandish it might seem, so long as no others are harmed in so doing.
So just remember: Our freedoms are a divine commandment by our Creator, one we must all seek for ourselves and all others who share this Creation with us. It ensures our afterlife will be as truly spectacular as possible, populated not with sheep of absolute sameness, but rather as distinctly different and “themselves” as proves possible. Our freedom is something we must fight for, no matter what. If not for ourselves, for our children and all those that inherit this Earth from us. They must know absolute and complete freedom for themselves, just as we should know it today for ourselves.
The central concern of this entire work involves examining our own existence. In still other words, being the timeless plight for all of mankind: Those countless many who might endeavor to look up, only to ask of themselves “Why?”
It’s purely human nature to ask ourselves such questions… whether that might mean pondering them over in our heads, making inquiries to others around us, or instead turning nowhere in particular -and so, literally looking to everywhere- by prayerfully directing our inquiry towards that very same Creator of ours for answers and guidance.
Here, however, the thing of it is? For the past several millennia those existing answers we had (no less, ones I feel quite certain were each provided to our long ago ancestors directly by God: A being that’s truly a higher power in every possible way) just “worked” with everything that those forebears knew to be true of life – as those mainstream religions then asserted their proper place in this world, bringing exceptional stability onto the scene over the past several millennia.
So there quite simply was no reason whatsoever, let alone having any genuine need, to shake things up or seek anything differently from what we’d find strictly by turning to the dominant system of belief for our respective cultures and society. It’s undeniable that each and every last one of these systems of belief perfectly covered all aspects of life – answering every single question we might’ve harbored impossibly well, and existing with such an inconceivable degree of stability: Even despite thousands of years worth of progress just now! (This, proving a true testament to their irrefutable divine origins, if ever such a thing existed!)
What these ideas I’d offer all hinge upon, then…? Our ongoing progress has never really introduced any radically new variables into the mix in any such ways… that is, but of course, not until now! Before this modern age we’re all so blessed to be living in, nothing ever provided sufficient enough means as to “shake things up” in this particular regard. Existentially speaking (being those times where we each look out and ask “Why?”), our civilization entered a state of generalized stability for itself; never advancing however far enough as to gain any seismic shift – acquiring a better understanding or greater level of knowledge that related to such matters divine in nature.
Even here today, nothing has truly emerged or been discovered that’s invalidated those existing answers we had lock, stock, and barrel. With that being said, we’ve gained many a new insight in times of late that I very much do feel presents us with an immense amount of clarity – only brought in addition to (and not instead replacing outright) that picture we already possess for ourselves. Therefore, it’s with this precise understanding in mind that finds me here just now, wholeheartedly committed to undertaking this very effort!
Because it’s only been with our generation -and ours alone– where something new has indeed emerged onto the scene: The technology of the computing age, something that’s already revolutionized every segment of our own daily personal lives. So it is in this light, although nothing even approaching a Matrix-esque philosophy, that my firm belief holds our technological advances can very much be applied in such ways as to reexamine and arrive at uniquely new answers to those daunting questions of old: Why… how?!
To begin with, I would offer this nugget: In all of space and time, we know with certainty that not only can matter never be destroyed (only converted to energy), but it can also never be created in any way! This raises something of an issue, obviously, when one considers that all such matter in our universe surely must have been created at some point in time, in some way or another… lest we wouldn’t be here today – not at all!
As we’ve kept advancing along, however, we’ve chanced upon a most fascinating little thing: A way of doing precisely that! In fact, it’s also the only conceivable way of ‘creating‘ such matter, much the same as we ourselves are familiar with and each composed of: Technology, which allows endless worlds upon worlds to exist with the simple touch of a finger. Computing, enabling entire universes many billions of light-years in size to be created, with each one we’ve made so far today housed inside of only a single room that holds some supercomputer! Oh, by the by? This is hardly some far flung concern in an inconceivable future world of tomorrow, but it’s rather already been achieved today – actually, that’s incorrect: It’s just now some several years in the past! How, you must doubtless wonder, might any of this sheer madness possibly be? By way of so-called simulations, where one can indeed produce literally anything we can possibly dare to dream of!
For you see, something rather interesting in this regard has cropped up of late (even if only as of yet somewhat limited more to what we might consider as the ‘fringe’): How ours is really a reality that’s simulated in nature. What does that mean, you must doubtlessly be wondering? It’s relatively simple, actually – and much the same as you’ll likely expect it might be!
Basically, simply try to envision our own technology after another century of advancements – then, a millennia or better onward! It’s almost inconceivable to imagine what the combination of progress and, should we ever hit a rut there, ongoing expansions/building more and more over time, will entail… is it not? Look today, and see only the sorts of digitally created worlds that are easily achievable on even an average PC of today; the kinds of physics those mighty microprocessors are capable of recreating – right now, crunching some trillions of calculations every *second*, just as they most certainly do!
Aside from the sheer, raw power of such hardware, however, witness the blazing speeds at which our technological innovations are coming here of late – where once, it could take centuries or better before the world might stand unrecognizably transformed from invention, today we can look back thirty years… ten, or even just five!- in order to see such startling change: Consider the fact that some five years ago, the mobile revolution hadn’t even truly started just yet; we all still utilized desktop PCs, and interacting with digital devices meant using both mouse and keyboard for controls – instead of quite literally using our fingertips, as we now each do today.
Just in five short years worth of time, and already so very much has changed! Heaven only knows, then, what all else we’ll bear witness to during the course of only our own lifetimes.
However much it might run contrary to our gut instinct here, wherein we have this quite distinctive separation between so-called ‘real’ and the otherwise ‘artificial’? It’s almost become second nature to us, seeing digital and analog as two completely different things. And yet… they aren’t anything of the sort! The lines between the two increasingly blur together as more time passes; where breathtaking advancements are coming so fast that whatever distinctions exist between them are lost as the quality of digital things not only equal their “real world” analogs, but often have begun surpassing the quality possible from such “analog” things!
Furthermore, considering our current views on artificial intelligence, the mere idea that our reality could possibly be simulated in some way, which would mean we too would suddenly be “artificial” in some way…? It’s all rather self-humbling -if not downright offensive- just proposing that we could in any way, shape or form be similarly ‘artificial’. All the more, it’s utterly insane! I mean, I can *see* everything around me – I *know* this world is “real,” not made out of some batch of ones and zeroes. I mean, right…?
Except it very much doesn’t have to mean that, nor anything of the sort!
Here’s the thing: There’ve been some who have raised such ideas, only to posit that we might be the result of some civilization, not all that different from our own, creating mere copies of themselves on end. Along those lines, you might hear explanations centered around, say, probability: “That for every one ‘real world,’ there would be an infinite number of simulated ones – with an endless string of simulations creating simulations that then create more simulations!”
This is not necessarily what I would assert, however, but instead finding ours to be from a concept of literal divinity… something that, whether so inconceivably far advanced beyond us, or never having been “like us” in such regards to begin with, regardless is not comparable to humanity as we know it just now. This entity would only go about the business of Creating in such ways that we’re just now beginning to conceive of and understand – yet still remains almost impossibly far apart from (and above) us in every way that matters.
As holds true with the old adage, “any technology sufficiently far enough advanced becomes indistinguishable from pure magic,” so too might this be tackled from the other end: Any apparent magic is only technology, however much advanced it may well be, in some form or another.
The goal of exploring our own nature by way of a simulation is not to try and bring the divine or Godly “down to our level,” as it were, but just the opposite! To instead seek to come that much closer to our literal Maker, solely by the relative elevation of our own position and standing brought with continuing progress. Assuming that any divinity is as advanced of a being as is both possible and conceivable…? Then it only stands to reason that the more advanced our civilization becomes, the more we also might see revealed and prove able to understand about the nature of our existence/the Divine Entity that created us.
That’s precisely what this is about: The more advanced we’ve progressively become, at some point we’d only expect new understandings on the nature of divinity to come as a result! It is my belief we have arrived at just such a point here and now, in regards to this simulated understanding of mine.
So no, while of course we’re not all “living in a Matrix” just the same as what we possess or can conceive for ourselves is impossibly far apart from whatever it might mean specifically for that divinity, it does allow us a better, more realistic understanding. As well, I certainly believe that such a divine being also wouldn’t create something entirely separate from or incomprehensible to themselves and what they know. In other words, we should only hope to find aspects of a Creator as a part of any of their Creations, making the fact that we actually can produce worlds all our own in exactly such ways anything but a coincidence, but instead should hold considerable significance when it comes to the divine.
It is also why the deep divide finding our faith more often than not at odds with our scientific explorations – what with the proverbial case of the “Godless Atheist scientist” versus the devout theologian or organized religion – is a thing of sheer lunacy and unrepentant foolishness: To explore, investigate and discover about the world that divinity Created is to literally explore and know more about that divinity, itself! In other words, there should be none any more committed to investigating our world in such ways than those of the deepest wellsprings of faith; that the biggest driver for advancing human knowledge in our world over the ages *should* be those largest, most organized of religious bodies.
Instead, it has often been the complete opposite – where the biggest opponents to and obstacles for scientific developments have historically been various Churches. While, fortunately, this trend has (somewhat) abated and started reversing itself in yet recent times with Christianity and/or the Catholic Church, it also just means that today such theological bodies are simply no longer standing directly as obstacles or impedements to scientific progress. This, rather than picking up the banner themselves and rallying us (and our world) forward ever onward (as they always should have been doing – especially now in our world of today!).
It’s also far more frightening still, however, when one looks to recent developments with so-called radical Islam: ISIS and their sorry ilk – all of whom demanding an absolute, unequivocal end to any scientific inquiry. As if we needed more evidence serving as proof that these sorts are little save for heretical blasphemers representing only themselves in this world, and so the worst evils as man might ever prove capable of doing, instead of representing any aspect of any true divinity?
Once more it makes me feel compelled to assert how, if one holds any faith at all in any higher power -that our world was thusly created by some form of God- then they must also be those who are the very most committed to scientific investigations and learning about that same Creator, by way of its miraculous Creation! Exploring and understanding more about our world is to explore and understand the divine both as much and as best we’re able – so then, this decidedly absurd disconnect we *instead* find between science and faith (both historically, just as well as today) is something that has always been utterly irrational to my mind.
All the same, various scientists should easily be those most committed to ideas of faith coming as they witness and observe divinity in the form of its own fantastical Creation – something that, ultimately, results in all of us, here and now! In my estimation, “priests” and “pastors” *should* be our world’s greatest Einsteins or Hawkings; folks wholly committed to uncovering as much (literal) divine truth as our species ever might manage… committed, wholly outside of any monetary or economic gains to be derived from their endeavor, but strictly to uncover that truth as divine truths!
It is for precisely these same reasons that I myself have been enamoured by science since childhood, eagerly consuming as much scientific thought as I ever possibly could! No less, I rather suppose it’s that same eagerness that brought me here just now; that various learned knowledge inevitably shaping and molding my outlook and beliefs with such things, resulting in these exact series of beliefs as I’m putting down to the written word right now.
Returning from that brief aside, I have absolutely no doubts that we are the result of something of a simulation… whether the divine Itself is part of the “program” -interwoven more directly within our Created reality, in still yet inexplicable ways- or our reality more strictly the product of some omniscient organic-like being -meaning “God”- who went about creating in such ways, perhaps several billions of years on from where we presently find ourselves today. In truth, an understanding of the divine in such ways is something that remains “beyond us mere mortals,” just as it also has little true bearing on us in this life – were it even possible to “divine” any such answers. To know that would be to know all about the literal face of God Itself, something that will remain beyond us… just as it doubtlessly should!
Although also consider how all the powers of God would exist with just such an event as this conceivable simulation entails, from a being in control of all aspects of our reality: Absolute Omniscience. Omnipotence. Actual immortality (attained in some way, but a being who’ll never know death), or relative immortality (Where many eons for us pass by in only a single fleeting instant from its own -higher- perspective).
The trick -and a fundamentally unique part to this set of ideas- comes with tying in those existing, somewhat more ancient, religions. I wholeheartedly believe that those “mainstream” faiths were one and all divinely ordained & directed ones; that such a Creator did in reality directly interact with mankind at the time, while also handing down the various sacred works for each respective faith to our long ago ancestors. In other words, as part of those faiths, they each well and truly reflect the very same (one & true) divinity – and so must our traditionally established systems of belief never be ignored or simply set aside by us, in favor of something perceived as being “better” in some way. Those existing religions representing that higher power trying to put humanity “on the right path,” as it were.
One might next ask why, if that divinity once interacted with man, it “wouldn’t reveal itself today to answer all our many questions… if it really exists!” Well, to that I can only say: Of course it wouldn’t! There’s something to be said for being allowed to stand upon our own here, in just such ways – were divinity to reveal itself to our world here today, we would have endless questions – we would expect countless many things of it.
It “did what it needed to do,” then guaranteeing mankind our immutable free will; look where we are today, and where we’re still yet heading towards, to see the wisdom of such a course of action. Apparent absence does not equal nonexistence -not in any way whatsoever- but instead finds a loving, nurturing being quite like any good parent does: Allowing us to stand on our own two feet at some point, after first having put us on the right path.
All the more, if we were to view mankind’s civilization as being much like any other dynamic maturing entity -developing and advancing continually over time- we would expect exactly what we in fact find! Divine interactions early on, then allowing that child (humanity) to develop still further by also being allowed to stand on its very own – the proverbial bird leaving the shelter and comforts of its nest, flying high in order to soar the skies above!
This is partially the reason why I do place such great importance on our older, existing faiths: When each of them first came to the fore -the whole world around- would have also been the one and only time you’d expect direct divine interactions on the “mortal plane,” far more than any other eras: Not too young to understand or have meaning get lost, but also not too far advanced either.
Well and truly, the point all these many global religions came to be on this Earth was the absolutely perfect moment for having any actual divine contact – for our Maker to bestow its Creation with proper guidance, instructions and knowledge, setting us on the path we needed to be on in order to arrive at the marvelous world we find for ourselves in the here and now.
Imagine how they also not only survive into today, but continue so resoundingly in spite of all that’s changed in our world… it’s really a most wonderous impossibility for us to behold; to consider those beliefs all have ages dating back many millennia, back in days when, technologically, we understood so very little – barely having worked out basic agriculture, if even that much! Then, thriving well past the electrical age, enduring the discovery of genetics and DNA, or evolution… truly, that they exist all but entirely unchanged and yet continue to utterly dominate across the whole wide world still, here in 2015… it’s something of a most miraculous thing, indeed!
So I unquestionably hold that our major existing systems of beliefs (in all their many forms) do in fact come from God, reflecting the true nature of that being – only also intended for that more “childlike” humanity. That being tried to explain things as well as it possibly could at the time, also ensuring that mankind would be headed in the right direction.
As such, we can indeed glean the nature of divinity by studying and becoming versed in existing religious thought or sacred works. We must therefore take great effort to never ignore or discard their various teachings -not at any point in time, no matter how far still into the future that may well mean- for surely each one contains countless divine truths and various insights about the nature of our literal Maker, coming as they did from just such a higher power!
They should, however, be viewed in context: Provided for and meant to guide a nascent humanity in days when our most advanced tools were stones or wood; teachings intended to shepherd us with basic cultural and societal learnings in order to ensure we’d survive into the here and now, thriving and advancing as we still are.
Those long ago times were rife with so-called “magical thinking” – magic was *all* our forebears understood, so anything else besides what we actually find in those sacred works would’ve gone the same exact way that, say, introducing evolution would have: Unimaginable… and an instant death sentence for any human going around spouting such madness! None would have followed something so bizarre (that they couldn’t possibly hope to conceive of) and, what’s more, providing such advanced scientific knowledge was wholly unnecessary! What we needed -the only thing- were those most basic of societal and cultural learnings, and it is therefore precisely that which our ancestors received.
So of course we would find exactly what we did thereabouts. And hey, you know what…? It all worked! Look at just where we are today, at what that early “firm guiding hand” provided us with – impossibly enough, we’ve even survived nearing a century with nuclear weaponry arsenals that should’ve otherwise annhilated us all in a radioactive apocalypse by war! And we survived precisely because of those teachings provided by that divinity millennia ago, ensuring those qualities of our better natures -of cooperation, peace, tolerance, betterment and family- would rule supreme in our world over the darkness of hatred, conflict, our more “primal” aggressions and passions, or blatant hedonism/widespread egocentrism.
One might further wonder why there wouldn’t be only one single faith in this world, representing perhaps the true nature of that divine being; how Christianity, Judaism, Shinto, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and more could possibly come from the same divinity.
I thoroughly believe the purpose of our world is in what we find today – that the world, just as it now exists, is what was intended by divinity. Consider how our world only comes to be by having things play out just as they did: Those various sociocultural dynamics, contributions and interactions being required to get us right to where we now are. Well, things only play out that way by having all our wonderful diversity happening as it has… and still is.
In other words, a singular dominant faith produces a bland, homogenous sort of world. Furthermore, and here’s the key point: I believe –absolutely– that the primary goal of our existence is the cultivation of a wide array of intelligent, self-aware sentient individual beings.
Stop and consider for a brief moment, just what an exceptional thing that proves to be! Sentient individual beings – all of whom are different in a myriad of ways… billions and billions of them, even! Variety being the spice of life, and all that jazz – to create positively anything that develops and matures sentience, and then finding it further differentiated on an individual level that numbers in the billions, each one as distinct as imaginable…? It’s truly most staggering!
This, albeit rather regrettably, explains the need for mortality/death: If the desire were strictly in developing conciousness regardless of uniformity, we indeed might have been immortals here on this world. But with the goal instead being cultivating individual intelligences, as we each are, dynamic and varying in all sorts of ways? This really only happens by bringing about change, something brought alongside death – a secondary benefit of which allows the species enjoying such intelligence to develop by way of evolution, “naturally and organically” over inconceivably long periods of time. The alternative would’ve instead seen a “built, all ready to go” sort of existence, much as might have been if everything we know and are had been created in its fully “finished” state; dropping developed human persons on an Earth in a similar state to our planet at any point over the past few centuries of time.
Such tragedies as death represents also offers something else, however, that’s even more important still in the larger scheme of things: A definitive end point where that individual consciousness can be considered “ready and done,” having formed itself fully and been allowed to develop gradually over time. This, being the age old “afterlife,” I suppose… with our each moving onward and upward, to something of a higher plane of existence – one where we are stripped of our physical form or any pain and sufferings in order to exist as purest thought, joined with all other consciousnesses as have existed throughout the ages.
Additionally, by viewing reality as something of a simulation enables us to more easily view the concept of there being other -higher- planes to existence: The consciousness of the individual can be seen as an entity able to be taken or preserved outside of its original place or state, and then moved (outside of the simulated reality we know of *as* reality, itself) and subsequently “run” elsewhere… then, when it does, functioning just as it was inside of our own reality; as it (we) formerly did inside of our bodies! In such a way, our consciousness might be “plucked out” upon our mortal death and brought to exist on that higher plane, directly beside our divine Creator.
If you understand our consciousness as something conceivably much like any digital file; as an entity able to be “moved about” and exist outside of any physical form? We could then also perceive something where multiple versions (even so-called “saved states“, if you will) of that “file” could be plucked out over time. That person would then prove able to be “brought into alignment” with themselves as they were at those many earlier points -‘stitching’ all of them together from throughout that one single person’s own life- in order to ultimately result in a singular, distinct and wholly unique conscious entity emerging when it’s at long last said and done (a brief aside, but merging multiple aspects of one thing -as opposed to merely combining together or adding up some distinct multitude- only to still have it result in that same thing…? This is also largely only something found to exist with the recent arrival of digital technologies).
With this particular set of circumstances in mind, should our final years may find us suffering from the many consequences of aging (say dementia or Alzheimer’s)? Well, whatever those issues are is something that can, in fact, be quite easily overcome thanks to employing such means! In this specific way, we can suddenly be made to exist at our very utmost peaks: With the sharpness and raw intellectual might we have during our more youthful years, yet also possessing the exceptional clarity and wisdom that can only ever come with age + experience, and all with our every last memory just as fresh as the very instant when we first made them!
Consider also how the unique notion that consciousness represents could be “shuffled around” between planes of a simulated existence. With anything else, you obviously can’t “transport” their bodies with them realistically in such a way, nor do we prove able to bring quite literally anything else physical or material in nature to traverse such “planes of existence”. But sentience exists first and foremost as pure thought, allowing abilities/qualities which are almost singularly unique to those found with a simulated sort of reality: Imagine something like a “program” moved between “computers” – where we might exist *outside* of our bodies (and this whole wide world), something that cannot be said for literally anything else in our universe!
Aside from the consequences with our afterlife, a simulated view does offer us one additional thought to consider here: Traditional understanding awards humanity with the immortal soul, almost a literal spark of the divine living inside each and every last one of us. This, however, is not precisely the case as I myself see it. Instead, it is that very same consciousness -our intelligent, self-aware beings on the personal/individual scale – that are our… metaphysical form, if you will.
While it may not seem like it at first, this is a critical distinction to be realized, as it is my firmest belief that the ability to look up and ask “Why?” is the sole attribute that matters in bequeathing so-called “otherworldly” qualities… so too being the singular aspect that shall survive us, beyond this here mortal life. If one might think, question and know of itself, then that’s the only thing necessary to have an incorporeal and metaphysical existence beyond this life. It is our dynamic personalities and thoughts which move beyond, rather than some ghostly “spiritual” essence tied in with our physical forms in any conceivable way.
Now admittedly enough, one may very well find the idea of trying to compare our existence alongside divinity with anything similarly modern or technological (developed only by man) to be something of a fool’s folly, if not bordering on outright blasphemy. Until…!-that is, one considers that where we’re at right this moment is actually only the end result of billions and billions of years worth of developing (many eons serving as something of an incubation period, I suppose.) Furthermore, specifically, for only our own species/civilization? Some hundreds of thousands of them, alone!
Additionally, computing just ‘is what it is’ as a concept/development brought about through progress – meaning there’s really little else left to go beyond it. In other words? There’s simply not any concept that appears similarly revolutionary coming for us in the foreseeable future… most certainly not in the same way as the digital revolution proved to be, at any rate. In fact, inventing such a capability is something that quite easily stands alone -perhaps save only for developing language- even throughout all of human history, itself! Sure, we can keep advancing, continuing right along to improve our positioning and exploit our world ever onward (at the very most far fetched, maybe -one day- accomplishing teleportation, wormholes or “faster than light” travel): But the attainment and understanding of basic computing is a fundamental, essential notion that mustn’t be underestimated in being without precedence.
Although such a divine being undoubtedly has billions of years on us still, if in fact any comparison there is even at all practical or possible for us to make…? We should still only but expect that in bringing about the all of everything we know to be real and true, that same being would most likely use something at least conceivably similar to what we might best understand as a simulated reality.
As I see it? There’s really only two alternatives hereabouts: First, believing in literal magic – a *poof*, “Abracadabra – let there now be light!” affair, where with a wave of one’s hand, suddenly everything just miraculously came to be. I would posit this is most irrational, and I would again stress the “advanced technology indistinguishable from magic” aspect here. That divinity would only but of course be incomprehensibly far advanced beyond us, but I feel considerable certainty that they would still base their Creation -us and our world- around those things they knew and understood. This means that the more advanced our civilization becomes, the more we might thusly prove able to glean and understand about the divine.
So while it’s obviously “to each their own”, when pressed with a choice between some inconceivable fantasy and a relatable + understandable reality? Well then, for me there really isn’t any choice… at all! Again, it might be largely incomprehensible to us at this point, absolutely… but even so, something indeed most similar to what we know today as a simulated reality…? Without a doubt – in this world, or any other!
Lest one feel such comparisons are lunacy tinged with heresy, as I might only expect/hope? Although I’ll be exploring this aspect much more in future writings, I happen to believe that certain aspects in those millennia old sacred works/beliefs actually point to such simulated matters as a reality for us.
While there’s actually a goodly number I could perhaps draw on for further validation to these simulated views of mine, I feel as though the most far and away useful one of all for us just now (in addition to being the most blatantly obvious, if only to my own mind) comes with the idea of the Christian Trinity.
One God, but with many faces… stumping many a soul over the eons as something all but inconceivable to us “mere mortals.” I view it in relation to a simulated reality thusly: In more basic terms, there’d be the (for lack of a better term) “program” running and overseeing our specific reality, itself. This aspect would be involved in the day-to-day in our world… carrying things along, perhaps nudging us on a personal level at times while always respecting our absolute free will as individuals, also being responsible for the handling of prayers and other such divine requests and outright miracles in our world. (The “Holy Ghost” of the aforementioned Trinity)
Then, there would also have to be some being responsible for creating that Simulation in the first place. Whether it is something we’d understand as an impossibly advanced organic being, instead more of a technologically based entity, or something else entirely…? Who knows! But some intelligent being (here, The Father) would have to set the ball rolling in that regard, just the same as some semblance of it would oversee our reality running day-to-day.
Then, finally, comes the direct interactions with that same being – only coming on our own plane of existence that it Created. This would see that omnipotence essentially assuming an “avatar” temporarily in order to interact with us in our world for a short time, then returning back to whatever “higher plane” from whence it came.
This completes said Trinity, here with “The Son.” So you see, I wholeheartedly believe that there are, in point of fact, many aspects inside these decidedly ancient sets of beliefs that, when reevaluated with the benefit of today’s knowledge, speak towards such a simulated nature for our existence. Viewing things in this light, it doesn’t end up requiring us to set aside, discard or discredit existing beliefs in the slightest, but rather allows us to further them in brand new ways!
Now I know what your first reaction to any of this must be… believe me, do I ever! Because I can only imagine it’s the same exact response that I myself had some time ago, back when such ideas first entered into my own personal “sphere of awareness”.
However -and only over quite a good long time- it honestly did begin to sound less and less bizarre (if not downright absurd!). The fact of the matter was that try as I might, I simply couldn’t shake it: The longer that time passed, the more I discovered or encountered that would seem to support just such a thing potentially being a reality. What’s more, as I went through life (and at the risk of sounding like a total loon here) I came to realize that it almost seemed as though I were being nudged towards the belief that ours was something of a simulted reality. They were small things -to be sure!- but regardless of that, they continued to stack up gradually over time. I suppose that even those most microscopically small of hydrogen atoms eventually build up in large enough quantities as to yield a massive star.
While I certainly won’t bore you with many details, matters in fact began resolving themselves as to my ending up believing in what I do just now (no less, doing what I’m presently finding myself doing). All of this was strictly because of the confluence of any number of inexplicable, downright impossible series of events! Whether it involved my personal areas of interest and knowledge falling as they do in more scientific fields, while just the same always having been deeply focused on my faith and such existentially based religious ideas…? Or an early, extraordinarily unusual degree of exposure to technology that stretches back to the dawn of modern computing – having as I did a computer engineer for a parent which ensured that I would spend many a day and night on the floor of some “data network room” or some such, keeping myself busy fascinated by how everything worked together and that which it all resulted in producing.
Then, ever since early childhood, there was also the matter of my own poor (and, as of today, sadly still failing) health. There was some silver lining to be found in those otherwise pitch black clouds, however, as it at least did allow me with sufficient time enough as to speculate about and think over such lofty existential concerns. Searching all over, much as I once did and still often do, for answers or guidance from those decidedly more mainstream faiths, but not once finding any that truly ever “worked” or perfectly fit with what I saw reflected in and of the whole wide world all around me? Follow that up with a particular passion/”gift” for writing (almost singularly so), and aided further along by the near total certainty of a drastically reduced lifespan ensured by that health (to the point of increasingly becoming something of a far more imminent concern of which to worry over)…?
Finally, as I kept trying to push away and discount the thought of such simulated notions over the years as nothing save for sheer absurdities, there were any number of freakish, inexplicable statistical impossibilities that always pushed me quite firmly back in this direction… time and time again. Although I suppose any one of them might seem almost laughably minor and inconsequential just now? In spite of it all, I still find myself utterly incapable of explaining a single one of those inconceivable qualities as they possessed – across the board.
Whenever I might have deviated from this here course in any real or permanent sorts of ways, I’d always find myself once again moved back in this most peculiarly particular kind of direction. Mind you, we aren’t even just talking about in formulating these beliefs for myself, but in my furthermore committing them here to writing (although as of this writing, I still haven’t a clue as to precisely what sort of outlet they should/will have? If experience has taught me anything here, it is that a way will indeed eventually make itself known. In that, as with so much else surrounding this, I indeed have great, quite real faith.
In this respect, the most important thing of all for me personally in surmounting such obstacles to my own acceptance? It was the simple fact that it absolutely didn’t require buying some absurd “Matrix As Realest Life” bunch of nonsensical sci-fi tripe, but rather began aligning perfectly with my existing beliefs and faith in God. In still other words, it didn’t stand as some hererical substitute to having any religion, but merely a different way of looking at God and His Creation – also known as us and our entire world.
So then, at its core? I can only most passionately emphasize the irrefutable fact that this work is nothing -absolutely nothing- but what I see as a possible natural evolution to our existing, traditional religious thought… and not, instead, being some revolution to it. It offers me a different way to perceive divinity, in place of acting as some outright replacement either to or for God. Furthermore, despite seemingly being centered around modernistic thoughts and/or assorted “real world” sciences and technologies, it is actually far easier to digest these ideas should one themselves be coming to this from a religious background, as opposed to an athetist or agnostic one.
As I mentioned, the idea that our universe could be the result of a simulated reality is not a new one – not by any figurative stretching of the imagination. However, at least as far as I’m aware of myself, the integration I’ve reached of those purely philosophical theories with theological or religious concepts indeed appears to be without precedent. That being said, there is a considerable deal of literature and academically focused examinations about universes, realities and worlds produced by such technological means. PBS has a nice overview, located @ this here link. Furthermore, Nick Bostrom is one name in particular you might come across elsewhere who’s viewed as something of a groundbreaker and visionary in this bizarre field. His personal website housing his thoughts and ideas on simulated reality may be found @ the following link.
Wikipedia is really always an incredible resource, for anything at all – but as for two specific articles dealing with this here topic I’d recommend for further reading…? Simulation Hypothesis Wikipedia along with this simulated reality Wiki article. Lastly, there was even a TED Talk discussing such ideas -here regarding how physics can “prove” ours is a simulated reality- that might prove preferable for those who’d rather watch and listen over reading any more walls of words, which is viewable at this link
In conclusion, I believe that all of this does have considerable bearing on our own present existences and daily lives. First, and perhaps foremost of them all, comes with the nature of prayer and similar such divine intercession. Personally, I feel that we all are intended to live the richest, fullest lives possible – such as to get us to that aforementioned “end point” with a fully realized consciousness marked by our mortal death. I believe that, on this plane of existence, we each get nudged along constantly in various kinds of ways; that our personal requests of God often can and do get answered – only not so much being reactively responded to as some actual reward for one’s own faith as we currently hold to be true. Instead, it is in many ways almost automatic… something realized by our innate connection to Creation, our surroundings, and one another.
Our faith does, however, also have quite real value and power to affect change on this mortal plane: The greater our belief might be, the stronger our connection with that “overseeing entity” that subsequently allows us all the more means to impact events in our lives/world. Furthermore, in coming together collectively -much as with having large groups praying towards the same ends- that individual “spark” we each possess gets magnified exponentially, ensuring that communal efforts and worshipping together in sizeable bodies can yield truly miraculous results.
Now then, with all of that having been said…? If you found all of this bizarre and patently ridiculous, then… well, there’s likely little reason to read any further unless one is themselves a committed masochist. C’est la vie, as they say, and all that jazz! However, if any portions of the preceding proved interesting in some way or another? Then once again, please feel free to read further by exploring the menu, as can be found at the top of the screen.
Many aspects that were only briefly (Hah! Brief, hardly being a word that’s applicable in this instance, no…?) discussed here are expanded upon greatly in their own dedicated articles, in addition to several more ideas that weren’t covered at all by this (quite lengthy) overview. Lastly, if you should have any further questions, concerns, thoughts or otherwise? There’s a form located at the bottom of every page here, in order to send along whatever message you may have – or I can additionally be reached at email@example.com Pick whatever your poison, as they’re wont to say!
In celebration of the Jewish holidays we’re just now in the midst of, I came across a most interesting and peculiar curiosity in the midst of recently doing some quality reading & learning: Something of a truly astounding coincidence, if coincidence is indeed all we choose to label it as! (Clearly, I see something else just here; a something special that’s, just perhaps!- a bit more than any mere coincidence in all of this.) The topic area for my latest bizarre quirk? It was regarding the Hebrew Calendar, as I sought to read up on exactly how that process works and the repetition or cycles found with their calendar.
Personally, I always find it most incredible indeed to take a step back and think on the matter from a more rationalized perspective, but even then shall we discover many different pitfalls into sheer and utter madness itself! If and view such things in a light like, “Roshashana fell on a Tuesday that was on October 2nd… now then, when will the next time come around where the three come into alignment, – and just how very old will I myself be?!” Well, more often than not…? The end result is me cursing myself for my inquisitiveness as the revelation of an answer makes me feel older than dirt just now: “I’ll be 89!?!?” I think to myself in a blind panic. I surely think to myself then and there. It quite makes for a humbling little experience, to say the very absolute least about it!
The article that first exposed me to this bizarre quirk can be found here: https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Mathematics_of_the_Jewish_Calendar/The_recurrence_period_of_the_calendar And, more specifically still, when it comes to what I’ll be discussing at the end hereabouts/the point of this entire post, the very final section found at the preceding link is what you need to keep an eye out for. However, rather than make you read through all of that, all on your very own (just as I myself did!), let me attempt to instead summarize everything for you here and now!
The Jewish Calendar is actually a most fascinating thing upon close examination (i.e.: a four hour Wikipedia binge, but of course!) of all of it. The means it follows in order to decide what dates fall when is based off of the lunisolar calendar, in which such things are derived from the cycle of the Moon and the Sun. Furthermore, it utilizes the 19 year Metonic Cycle to bring it into alignment with solar years, as lunar years are typically 11 days shorter than solar ones. This requires the addition of an extra month every two to three years, marking 7 years with a leap month in every 19 year Metonic Cycle.
Ah, but things are not merely so simple as all of that! This 19 year process of adding in leap months is *still* not enough to fix the discrepancy between the lunar and solar calendar! (And, if you’re anything like me, at this point you’re starting to become *really* glad we use something so “simple” as the Gregorian calendar! It seems much more straightforward to “fix” and keep in solar alignment, something we only take cycles of 400 years in order to accomplish as such.) For indeed, after 19 years of trying to fix things, we still find ourselves off by 6 minutes and 40 seconds with the tropical year.
Therefore, every 216 years, the Hebrew calendar will find itself still falling one day behind the average tropical year, just as it takes 231 years for it to fall one day behind the Gregorian year. All these games of trying to fix things and retain alignment with such systems means the recurrence rate for when certain dates fall from year to year and repeat themselves exactly is exceptionally large.
By and large, the Hebrew calendar repeats itself on a cycle of 247 years. However, those 247 years still find it being off by about 50 minutes on average. So, in order for the Hebrew calendar to repeat itself *exactly*, we find that the true, exact cycle is on the order of 689,472 years!!!
Now here’s where it gets interesting. Recall I mentioned the Gregorian calendar you most likely use yourself recycles itself every 400 years? Well then, for the Gregorian *and* the Hebrew calendar to come into alignment with each other when accounting for these various cycles, we find it necessary to multiply the 20,871 weeks that are in 400 Gregorian years by all those incredible (and downright inconceivable!) 689,472 years!
And so it is here that we find the odd little curiosity in this, and the reason for my writing this here little posting of mine. If you should want to do that – to discover how many years the cycle is for the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars to both come into alignment with one another and repeat themselves absolutely exactly, we indeed multiply 20,871 by 689,472.
Should one care to do so…? (Well, I’ll do it for you here!) The answer comes out to be a mind boggling 14,389,970,112 Hebrew years, and 14,390,140,400 Gregorian ones!
Now then, and now that we have everything down, why is it I even bothered writing all of this to begin with…? What meaning have those 14,390,140,400 years that would create such a spark in my noggin? Well, 14.3 billion years (with a B!) is pretty darn close to the currently accepted age of our universe as we now know the Big Bang model to indicate!
So it was that I found it most peculiar: Firstly, that it takes such a downright impossible number of years in order for the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars to come into absolutely perfect alignment with one another, and repeat themselves in order to begin the process all anew! Then, and clearly more importantly still, the truly impossible odds that, when we are looking at some number so eye-poppingly huge, the odds that it would come out to being so utterly close to the accepted true age of our universe. That number for the two calendars could have just as easily been 7 billion… or 143 billion! But no, we rather discover a most bizarre little coincidence here instead.
When looking at the two most commonly used calendars in Western society/theological history, and their meeting up and aligning perfectly with one another, it comes out to a cycle that is nearly identical to the current age of our universe!
Now then, is there any true meaning to be derived from this or something truly exceptional to be uncovered…? Certainly not – it simply stands as a most bizarre quirk in considering the odds of that number coming down to nearly the current age of the universe itself; that the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars only come into alignment with each other and repeat themselves identically on a cycle that’s the present approximate age of this marvelous universe of ours. Such that we are only just now starting to reach such a point as to when the two calendars have completed a single cycle and repeat themselves match for match – assuming, but of course, that we’d started counting during the moment of the Big Bang itself.
It is coming across strange and bizarre stuff such as exactly this in overwhelming abundance that led me to the consideration that it perhaps wasn’t all merely astoundingly random, utterly unbelievable coincidences whose odds of occurring just precisely so staggered the imagination, but rather -just perhaps!- spoke to something else entirely different still.
And so I’ll leave it up to you to decide here, on this: Is it all just a totally random coincidence that the Jewish and Christian calendars, based as they are off the solar and lunisolar cycles and where the Earth happens to be in this solar system, have themselves a cycle of alignment that corresponds pretty darn closely to the age of the entire universe itself? Or is this another tiny little quirk that speaks to the notion of a simulated reality where those tiny – but nearly impossible in their inconceivability – little quirks instead come as a consequence of such simulated notions? Where you find bizarre coincidences with unexpected, inconceivable connections due to the sort of “glitches” or consequence of simulating just so?
Clearly, I myself take the latter notion as what and how I choose to see: That, taken alone, they might surely seem to mean very little. But, altogether, once they start adding and stacking up by the bundle full, you might just yourself start to see them in something of a very different light entirely! And it is like here, the subject matter behind and surrounding this is hardly some second thought. Instead, between Hebrew/Christian Gregorian calendars, lunisolar cycles based on the Sun and Moon, and all the many numbers and calculations involved…?
Well then, we find that this “coincidence” involves both the theological/religious, and then the scientific and mathematical, all coming together in a neat little bundle in order to yield a most strange and unusual oddity as I’ve just described above. As the entire purpose of this body of work involves taking the understandings of religion and science together as one, I myself found this particular little quirk especially meaningful in just such a regard!
To read further still on this subject, I’ll direct you to someone else who had previously come across this coincidence all on their own and wrote it up from a mathematical perspective: https://mathpolymath.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/calendar-coincidences-part-ii/
To go hat in hand with my most recent writing regarding the extreme coincidence between the time it takes the Hebrew and Gregorian Calendars to 100% sync up again and the known age of our Universe, itself…? May I then present you with yet another extreme, nearly impossible sort of coincidence: The fact the glowing globes of the Sun and the Moon both appear to be identical in size when viewed from the Earth, despite the fact that they are so very different (One might almost say the difference in size is night and day!), indeed! This, never mind the understanding that, in order for that coincidence to exist just so, it requires several different unrelated and improbable variables just to take place as it does here.
Before we dive into the why, how and whatnot of that, however, I’d like to emphasize just why these bizarre coincidences are so notable and the causation behind my citing them in relation to the simulation hypothesis. Believe me, this isn’t done in a manner seeking to come off as much like some wild conspiracy theorist, picking and choosing whatever facts so stand out as to embolden one’s own argument – even if those facts have no relationship whatsoever to the argument one seeks to make.
Of course we should highlight the fact that, for every impossible coincidence, there are an infinite number of other possible coincidences which don’t exist. In other words, much like selective memory, we are indeed selecting true standouts because they stand out so. Likewise, they are, on average, few and far between.
But this does not dim or lessen their impact here, or their importance to the argument for a simulated reality. Because, like all those many “coulda been coincidences that weren’t, and never will be”…? These same coincidences should far more easily not exist than they should exist as we know them to. Therefore, that simple fact that they do exist is indeed most notable and striking… and an important factor in better focusing on the question of a simulated reality for us here and now. Because… all in all, if one were of a betting sort, the odds say rather definitively that they should not exist as a coincidence. Period.
Now then, since this is our second recent “bizarre coincidence” piece of writing, it also seems important to set up some guidelines here as to what better informs on the simulation hypothesis versus what does not. Now, for our purposes here…? First and foremost, they should be things that are otherwise so utterly impossible to conceive the probability of existing just so as to truly leave an impression upon discovery that there’s no real rhyme nor reason for them to exist as they do.
Just as importantly as that, however, if not even more so…? These should -must- involve matters more cosmic than anything else. It really cannot involve anything that humanity has any part in controlling or creating. The whole calendar alignment discussion, although calendars were indeed dreamt up/controlled by mankind…? It also draws from Earth’s orbit, the age of the universe, etc. Furthermore, no one with a hand in formulating those calendars had any inkling or notion of all the variables at play – much less any concern for or idea as to when two separate calendars would sync up because of their assorted idiosyncrasies and Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
This next example is even more cosmic than that, however, because it involves matters of our very reality itself on a celestial scale and concerning factors that, one must realize, any Creator of ours had a hand in yielding as that same Creator gave our world its own existence. These, being things that are genuinely on the cosmic level of existence – whether in being astronomical or on a fundamental existential scale. Physics, chemistry, astronomy… what all have you.
Why is this informative vis-a-vis the simulation hypothesis particularly, you might next inquire? The simple reason is that their existence, being exponentially more improbable than not, can be seen as something of a “sign” that all of this is far from random. Now, there are two ways we can look at it from the simulated standpoint: These are much like proverbial “bugs” as our reality was Created and made to exist, giving an indication (sort of like the great difficulty for our own technology to create truly random number generators at the present time) that ours is not a genuinely random, chaotic sort of existence, but rather exposing the more intentional & deliberate nature behind our universe as certain side effects associated with that intentional Creation of ours.
The second potential way of looking at these matters…? They are wholly intentional in existing as they do! These are things that were imparted as they were -the impossible being made possible- such that we might indeed one day turn to and look at them as evidence for our Creator in just such a light. That, without forcefully exposing Itself anew just so, nor by dramatically interfering in our own contemporary existence, we find things that allow us to better make up our own minds and determinations on our literal being.
As for me, myself…? Well, I’d like to think it’s a little bit of both, really: That they might be originally unintended side effects of a more simulated form of reality. But that, rather than being “removed” or altered in any such a way, they were rather “kept as they are” because they could play a positive role in guiding us closer to our Creator and nature of existence itself.
So that’s all the errata as to the why behind these particular writings of mine. Now then, as to the “what” we’re looking at this time around? Well, as I already said to start off with, today we are to look at the impossible coincidence that our Sun and our Moon both look identical in size from our Earth… despite being anything but! Greater still, however, is the fact that there is no rhyme nor reason for this happening as it does; there are plenty of cases with eerie astronomical standouts/oddities that really involve orbital resonances or the like – where the impossible is actually explained away as some basic consequence of nature and physics.
This, however, is not the case here. Understand this much, if anything at all: There is absolutely no reason why the Moon should be the size it is, yet at the distance it is from the Earth, and those same factors applied to the Sun and the Earth. In this particular instance here? It is entirely just a random, “impossible” coincidence without one single factor of physical laws that worked in the interests of creating such a coincidence. Zero.
Equally so, the fact this impossible coincidence involving a satellite world and a star take place on the one known world with intelligent consciousness living upon it. We didn’t have to go out to Saturn to say, “Hey! That’s a bizarre coincidence there with Titan and the Sun! It shouldn’t exist… but it does!” Rather, it is strictly limited to right here on this very world – indeed, no other such planetary body in the solar system enjoys such a coincidence as this, something which makes that coincidence all the more notable.
Furthermore still, that we have only one single satellite. Obviously, the odds would be exponentially increased were we instead like Jupiter or Saturn in possessing a countless many more satellite worlds trapped in our own planet’s orbit; where you’ve got, say, ten moons encircling your world, and one of them has a size relative to its distance that just so happens to result in it appearing the same size in the sky as the far more massive Sun that birthed our whole entire existence.
I should hope it to be rather obvious to you just now, but when you’re looking at only one such moon, the odds of all these factors existing as they do just so (and on the one world with life upon it to take notice of such a thing, no less!) skyrockets to truly astronomically absurd levels, indeed!
Consider the implications of this coincidence; much the same as how we happen to know it to be 100% true: In a total Solar Eclipse, the two come together in lining up… and just so happen to make for an absolutely perfect match! Were any of the many variables involved any different, the Sun would not have that perfect “blotting out” by the Moon, but rather the Sun would be greatly engulfed by or have the Moon appear as a tiny little dot traversing across its own giant face in our sky.
So this special coincidence has resulted in something that has astounded and created ripples across all of human history, as our ancestors looked to the sky during a majestic total eclipse of the Sun; creating, just as it did, many important ramifications for ancient cultures, mythologies, societies and historical developments happening as they did whereby mankind sought to explain, understand, or receive “divine messages”/took various actions based on these beautiful rare events.
But the importance found in their being identical in size is hardly limited only to the exceptionally rare events of total solar eclipses! For, once upon a time, before street lamps and the like came to be, that Moon of ours served as the sole nighttime light source for our long ago ancestors: A very real, quite literal “nighttime Sun”, indeed!
As a result of that aspect here, consider the… almost “comfort”, I suppose, of ancient and primitive peoples having their two different cosmic light sources being of the same size. In our modern electrical age it can be all too easy to forget, but that beautiful full Moon was once the very literal nighttime Sun. One can thusly imagine it being far easier for such nomadic and tribal populations to gaze upwards and see that both their daytime and nighttime suns were glowing globes of light utterly identical in size at their peak. All the same, we can all too easily envision that the fact they were identical drove many over the millennia to an understanding of God Creating our world; that the balance and harmony showed just exactly what I proposed earlier: Evidence of a decidedly non-chaotic, hardly randomized sort of existence, but instead yielding signs of an immaculate design, order and structure to Creation itself.
Now, if you shouldn’t be all that well versed in astronomy and the like, you might still be wondering why these two disparate bodies do indeed appear to be the same size from our own meager Earthly vantage point. In this, unlike most all else we might talk about on these pages, it is actually quite exceedingly simple: The Moon just so happens to be approximately 400 times smaller than the Sun, yet the Sun is roughly 400 times further away from the Earth than the Moon is.
And that, right there, is it. The Moon also just so happens to be exactly where it is in relation to the Earth – as close as it is, even a small variation in its own distance from the Earth would immediately and irrevocably shatter this particular coincidence of illusion. Instead, the Moon would either appear much larger or vastly smaller than the Sun by just a tiny fractional adjustment in its distance from the Earth.
But none of that is the case, and so is it rendered a moot point. Furthermore, that this particular alignment happens as it does in the here and now: The Sun changes its size in our sky over its existence – it’ll blossom and grow bigger and bigger as it runs out of hydrogen fuel for its nuclear fusion furnace. The Moon’s orbit is likewise pulled closer and closer to Earth over time by our world’s drawing force of gravity. Now yes, this particular resonance in apparent size will last a mighty long time, indeed – dinosaurs themselves might have glanced up and seen something quite similar during an eclipse – and yet, it does not refute the fact that it’s very much also taking place now, as humanity dawns, and all of it on the very same world that same humanity dawned on.
In the first paragraph, I mentioned the multitude of variables that play into creating this particular coincidence of ours. Allow me to list them out for you such that you might get a better inkling of just how exceptional of a coincidence this one right here truly is:
- Those include the fact we have a natural satellite, and only a single one moon at that
- The size it just so happened to become upon forming as it did.
- Where it ended up around the Earth.
- The size of our own Sun.
- Where the Earth ended up sitting around that same Sun.
- The where we ourselves just so happen to be, upon that very same Earth (and not, say, dwelling upon the Moon or on Mars).
- And finally, the when: Meaning right now, as all those variables line up in order to impart these two celestial bodies as appearing the same size from our world’s surface, when this won’t always be (and hasn’t always been) the case!
I might also add this aspect to be taken into consideration just now: The fact this same coincidence doesn’t exist anywhere else in the Solar System, despite numerous planets and hundreds of natural satellites, but rather on a world with only a single natural satellite that also houses one special little species of lifeform upon its surface.
Whew! Well, those are surely a lot of factors that all come into resonance with one another, in order to definitively yield a truly improbable impossibility being made into a striking reality for us all!
Ultimately, I would therefore like to espouse the belief that this impossible coincidence that shouldn’t have been is as it most certainly is for a very good reason: It serves as yet another example of how ours is hardly some random, chaotic sort of existence. Rather, it shows a very deliberate and intentional work of design behind it all. It works to better illuminate and add credence to the supposition that ours is indeed a simulated reality – for indeed, one would likely expect such freak occurrences and statistical impossibilities made possible as the result more of something similar to our own more… “automated” technological processes. Where statistical, mathematical improbabilities exist more so than ones more “basic” and deliberate.
For that is exactly what this right here happens to be: A purely mathematical impossibility whereupon the Moon stands 400 times smaller but 400 times closer to the Earth than does the Sun. As such, I cannot imagine I am alone upon making this realization that it would sure seem to be possible that it’s a consequence of ours being a simulated reality, made as it was by our Creator. In the end, it stands as just yet another small straw serving as evidence towards that Simulated notion… amidst an ever increasing bundle of them, one that inevitably builds enough to “break the camel’s back,” as it were, to result in more firmly accepting such simulated ideas as being a simulated /reality/ for us all.
In closing, should you like to read more about this topic… or don’t fully take my word for it that there is no reason that these variables exist just exactly as they do; absent any scientific explanation that would explain away nor improve the odds for this happening precisely as it does…? May I then offer up the following links to articles discussing this very same topic, albeit from a decidedly non-simulated hypothesis sort of lens:
Of particular significance, we find the forthcoming quote that comes from this link:
“EarthSky asked Myles Standish about the similarity in the size of Earth’s moon and sun, as seen from Earth. He is a mathematical astronomer and a former professor at Yale University. He worked for CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has published over 300 articles, mostly in the field of solar system dynamics and celestial mechanics. He said this similarity is unique among the planets and moons that make up our local family in space, our solar system. In other words, it doesn’t occur with any other planets and moons in our immediate neighborhood of space.”
Another concept which rather well applies to the idea of a simulated reality is the notion of reality itself, both of our Creator’s own/our ultimate afterlife: Heaven, and then our reality that we presently exist in.
Now then, in the more traditional sense, the notion of Heaven and where our Creator also exists, is most often seen as being somehow separate from our own “level of reality”. In this way, we do not, in other words, exist inside of this higher level of reality, whereby our reality itself is actually somehow inside of Heaven. Stop and consider how the traditional sense of Heaven exists alongside our reality. We simply are not a part of our Creator’s reality in this traditional understanding, not until our souls ascend to our afterlife by moving onward. Current religious thought just finds that where we exist just now is quite simply separate from Heaven, and not “part of it” whereby it exists within/underneath this higher plane of existence. Thusly, this creates quite a problem that sees our reality as being separate from God’s own.
But when you look at such notions from the perspective of the simulation hypothesis, it is there where we can find that we actually exist inside of our Creator’s reality. In other words…? In that more traditional understanding, the question of where our reality exists and where our Creator’s reality alongside our own afterlife exists? It is essentially an open question, but one where there really isn’t any room to associate our reality as being a part of our Creators, as in it exists within it, being a lower tiered reality that is a part of (inside & below) that Creator’s plane of existence.
Yet it is with the simulation hypothesis wherein we gain an answer as to where our reality exists vis-a-vis our Creators: Our reality is “inside” of that Creator’s reality – not necessitating the literal creation of an entirely separate reality, one that’s outside of that reality. Because that traditional understanding creates a problem in this way: If our own reality is separate from our Creators, and not a part of it, then our reality can be seen as being equal to that Creators plane of existence. Much like how the idea of a multiverse works, you’d have an infinite number of spheres of existence. Here a bubble, there a bubble: Each one essentially being equal to one another, each containing its own reality/universe.
This *really* doesn’t work with the understanding of our reality up against our Creator’s reality/our own Heaven or afterlife. We have always understood that our reality is a lower tiered plane of existence up against God’s own reality. So you have two ways of understanding this: Our reality is either separated from Heaven, existing alongside of it, or else, with the simulation hypothesis, we can exist inside of and underneath God’s own reality/heaven – a part of a lower tiered universe.
Most traditional senses of religious thought definitively do not find that we exist “inside” or underneath God’s higher plane of existence. We are simply separate from that reality. There’s just no room in such thought to find that our own reality exists as a part of Heaven itself; instead finding that our reality is separate from God’s own, wherein it can be seen as being almost equal to that reality as a consequence of its being separated from God’s higher tiered plane of existence.
It’s largely with the simulation hypothesis that we can grasp a more rational understanding: That our reality literally exists inside of/underneath/below our Creator’s own. There we can begin to conceive how that reality of ours is so connected to our Makers; how we can “move on” and ascend to an afterlife, simply moving on up to that higher plane of existence where ours exists inside of our Creators reality. In this way, our reality is never equal to our Makers in just such a way, but rather it always exists below and almost subservient to that higher plane of existence.
With the philosophy of the simulation hypothesis (one quite different from my own ideas, where the simulations are always just created by human civilizations… on and on and on), there has been the thought of the problem of having a never ending chain of simulated realities: Each new reality constantly progressing along to an equal point in time where they create simulations just the same as their own was so done. Yet this simply cannot be: If a simulated reality exists on some form of technological creation inside of one reality, that “hardware” or whatever the case may be cannot be capable of handling a never ending chain of equal simulations. In other words, with the idea of the simulated reality, that reality of ours is automatically less capable than the reality of our Creator.
So we come around to the idea that fits with our traditional understanding: The reality we exist in during our formative time is not equal to our Creators. It simply can never be equal to that higher plane of existence. We exist inside of, below, and underneath our Creator’s reality. The more traditional sense, however, sees our reality as being somehow separated from our Creators. With that notion in mind, we just don’t find that our reality exists inside of heaven itself. It is instead separate from God’s plane of existence, Created in some way as to exist outside of “God’s Kingdom”.
So it is that the idea of a simulated reality coexists with our Creator’s reality: Made in such a way as to exist inside of our Maker’s own reality, and so it is never equal to that higher plane of existence, but rather is always limited by the capabilities of our Creator’s own higher tier of reality.
This also allows us to conceive of only but a singular reality: There isn’t God’s reality, then our own -dwelling somewhere outside of God’s plane of existence-, and perhaps a Hell to boot. With the simulation hypothesis, we can rather see that there is only one reality, and then ours exists inside of that one bit of Creation.
In summarizing our previous piece: Since the dawn of man, we’ve always asked ourselves, “Why?” Why -exactly- are we here, to begin with? What are we doing here? How have we come to be here?! Simply who we are… at all? All of those are very good questions, indeed! Equally so, all of those many different answers applied to them have remain unchanged -by and large- for countless centuries, at the very absolute least! Most of them even date back multiple millennia!
And yet… just this past century has brought with it change quite unlike anything ever before witnessed by anyone. Electricity? Transportation, with cars, planes and trains? No less, the dawn of the nuclear age? Then, the past couple of decades alone have rapidly seen such gains become exponential in magnitude- now, only every few years our technologies are totally and completely transforming the all of everything. Think about the previous 20 years: Computers. The Internet. Cellular phones. Genetics and DNA.
Then, over but the last handful of them: Tablets beget mobile devices; the Internet becomes available everywhere, no less coming at broadband speeds! Smart devices beget the Smart Home; where now we can turn simple lights off and on using any mobile device, from anywhere! Our digital devices? Not only do they currently audibly talk to us, but so too understanding us whenever we speak to them! Artificial intelligences surely aren’t very far off right now, heralding a truly unprecedented new world quite unlike any before.
Greetings, and welcome to the first post of this new blogging endeavor of mine – a place where I intend on exploring and addressing matters of faith & existentialism from a decidedly modern viewpoint, one especially based around science and technology. That may well sound like something of an impossibility -or, if nothing else, absolutely nothing could hope to embody all of those aspects and still have it make a lick of sense- but I hope by the time I’m finished with writing this site, you’ll agree it’s anything but impossible!
I can say this just now largely because those very same things have ultimately been what culminated in my coming to starkly different sets of beliefs about… well, about everything, I suppose – and so it’s with these various beliefs of mine that this body of work will dedicate itself to properly explaining.
At their core, these ideas represent an alternative view of various faith-based concepts; all the while, it’s also very much a view that remains all but nonexistent in today’s world – no matter where, to whom or for what one might themselves turn. Likewise, they represent beliefs that are nothing I myself see as exceedingly revolutionary, nor anything quite so bizarre as to defy either categorization as or harmonious coexistence fitting within previous such religious thought.
Rather, I feel all of this to be only a natural evolution of our most fundamental questions or cultural/societal tenets. Somewhat crudely stated? With aspects of religion, science, technology and philosophy, it works to take what came before, along with what currently is, and to blend them both together; allowing our present understandings and level of advancement to inform, transform and, just perhaps, even somehow redefining things decidedly ancient or apocryphal in nature.
Indeed, perhaps the most important question for us to start off with considering…? Why is there a complete absence of anything remotely approaching these sorts of ideas – despite our now going on a century or better since first we might’ve begun to inch ourselves toward such (quantum) leaps forward?
We’re now beginning to get much deeper into things, as this post contains one of what I feel is the most central ideas to this entire body of work: Perceiving the all of human civilization much the same as any other singular maturing entity. Meaning…? It progressively grows and advances, maturing all the while, in being able to stand as something fundamentally changed from what it once was.
An idea of a linearly+progressively evolving -maturing- human civilization should not be seen as some excuse or desperate bid to explain away or dismiss certain aspects of older religious teachings. Rather, it is evidenced in every single other aspect of Creation itself: Human beings… or, for that matter, all known life. Stars and planets, alike. The whole universe!
For all things in our humble little slice of reality, there is both a time to be born and a time to die. In between those two, absolutely nothing exists in some static state, wholly unchanging all the while. To expect that Creator would imbue human civilization with such an impossible trait found nowhere else seems most irrational, just on its face.
What can I say? Working on and getting all of this out has most certainly not been an easy task – especially in the act of having to do it all entirely by myself, whilst fighting with the initial absurdity of it all. Indeed, if you might indulge me for a moment?
Just consider it all: In this day and age, realising that your religious beliefs -your very faith itself- were something so very different and unique from anything and everything as to stand as an entirely different religion, itself! And then, beyond merely that, you feel, not just compelled, but literally guided and expected by our Creator -God- to do this here work; to indeed get them all down in writing, and to further share those beliefs with the world at large.
Understand this much: I know for a certainty that this work is my primary point for being on this here mortal world of ours. Equally so, I know I have quite literally been guided by our divinity to do this. And yet that glaring fact remains: Putting oneself out there, and doing just this! Creating… a brand new religion, different from anything else that is out there or has ever been, here in the decade of the 2010s! It is utterly nuts, and yet here I am.
The other fact also remains: These are indeed my own beliefs. I cannot change that fact, because they are what I have come to know of our mortal world… and beyond. I was also given the gift of writing, and guided toward doing this here work. I also believe, however, that they are beliefs which might appeal to many agnostics out there.
Because there is indeed a problem in our modern world: More and more people in my own millennial generation find themselves faithless. No one should have to live life like that: Believing there must be something, some God or divinity, and yet finding nothing that answers the world that they know. Therefore, they move onwards without faith and without belief, even though a part of them desires answers for just that. In other words, they live in a state of nothingness.
I must concede, it is a feeling I myself knew all too well. In my teenage years, I was desperately searching for belief – I explored all sorts of religions, yet found none that fit my own personal worldview. Slowly, over time, I began to compile my learned knowledge from all sorts of fields – physics, astronomy, technology and computing, philosophy, and religion – whilst all the same having certain… revelations put in my path by, I firmly believe, our divine Creator, which sort of screamed to my mind: Simulated reality.
Indeed, in the writing I worked on yesterday, I shared the story of one of the many examples of this: An accumulation of, not merely improbable events, but downright impossible ones. They just made absolutely no sense on their own. I couldn’t see a clear message in any single one of them. It was only when I took them all together, whilst all the same desperately looking for a reason for why my health has been what it is, limiting my life to the extreme, and more often than not making me incredibly upset at the direction that life of mine has taken.
Then, just as I finish compiling these here writings, feeling as though I had finally accomplished something with my life? My very reason for living itself, my divine gift of a mother… she not merely drops dead in the middle of talking to me, before my very eyes – she dies two days prior to my Christmas Eve birthday, and thusly three days before her favorite holiday of Christmas, but that conversation we were having was literally about how excited she was to go for the very first time to where we were eating for my birthday.
Now, some two years later? Among my many health issues, a bizarre form of epilepsy is one of them: Reading epilepsy, triggered by reading alone. I’ve so far had four of those terrible and downright inconceivable Grand Mal Seizures (where you become paralyzed like you are having a stroke, and then immediately black out, only to wake up in agony as it is after every muscle in your body has spasmed for minutes on end). I just had one two months ago, the first time since my mom passed and the first since I began this work. Well, the fall caused something called an epidural hematoma: It is literally one of the… if not the worst… forms of brain damage one can suffer. What that epidural hematoma means is that, not a vein, oh no, but an artery has burst in your skull, unleashing a torrent of blood in so doing!
And after my first CT, it was so bad that the doctors put me in the ICU a week after it happened! There, as they told me it was one of the larger ones they had ever seen, I was asked my own name and date constantly as their testing: Despite the fact I seemed totally fine -talking perfectly normally-, they couldn’t believe I could know my very own name! I was told even then, a week after it happened, that based on the scans, I had about a 25% chance of survival – most likely to slip into a coma at any point, only to never awaken again.
And yet here I surely am! That terrible epidural hematoma I had has, in my own opinion, done absolutely no lasting damage to me… seemingly another total impossibility! But it made me take exceptional stock of my life and my being: The idea that my only blessing, my mind, could just as easily not be what it is until I reach my mortal death and move on. Then came the other random events that once more kept pushing me in this here direction: To surely finish what I had started, filling in some of the blanks and again seeking to share this here work. They were events that again kept nudging me -those bizarre impossibilities again kept popping up anew-, and thusly making me realize what I needed to do: In my belief, directed by God to finish this here effort.
Indeed, to give another example -both of what my life has been like since… forever, and why I believe so greatly that this work is important for me to pursue- that epidural hematoma was not my first recent brush with ascending beyond this mortal plane (death). Merely a handful of months after my mom passed, I caught pneumonia from my father. With my compromised immune system, I went from no symptoms to having to be taken by ambulance in eight hours. I yet again was forced to be in the ICU, as I was very near death.
My blood pressure was undetectable by any instrument it was so low – finally, they put a monitor in my wrist artery: It was 27/38. Through it all, I was talking totally normally, despite not being able to breathe. The doctor even commented that he didn’t understand how it was possible I could be like I was with a blood pressure so low. Then, the blood tests came back: It was not mere pneumonia, but rather my body had slipped into what is called septic shock.
In other words, my entire body was shutting down due to an infectious bacteria that had overwhelmed my entire body given what my health level is. The most problematic of all? A level called lactic acid was so very high indeed that I was told I would indeed die. Later, I looked this all up myself: What my level was meant a 95% chance of death -and that is no exaggeration, that level literally meant I had only a 5% chance of living- and this is because that lactic acid meant my entire body was so far gone, there was little chance it could stop shutting down and rebound.
Yet I received those intravenous antibiotics even though, and rebound my body most certainly did! Once more, here I am today! Indeed, this particular event nudged me toward compiling these writings into book form, putting them out there on Amazon and the like. I thought with that my task might be done, and then came that epidural hematoma.
So understand this much: I have continued talking about probabilities and the like. I shared an absurdity in another writing about something that I had just read and then impossibly saw on television; how complete impossibilities seemingly nudged me in this here direction. And yet, for me, they were indeed not limited to the absurd or seemingly laughable: Those impossible events also included my literal survival on this here plane; my not becoming comatose and a so-called vegetable.
Through it all -despite doctors not understanding how they could be seeing what they saw, and yet I seemingly suffered none of the severe or permanent effects- here I stand today! Myself. My health surely remains poor, yet I should either be dead, comatose, or severely brain damaged many times over. But I am not. Each time I had seemingly had a brush with death, I had recently temporarily abandoned this here work of mine – and, right afterwards, those bizarre impossible events seemingly started anew.
So I indeed believe in this work. Because they are quite literally my own beliefs about… everything! But all the same, I believe most firmly that I have been nudged -and on occasion, firmly and severely pushed- in this direction. So as crazy as it sounds, and believe me, I do know how much it does, I do believe I have been directed by our Creator -God- to do this work. This isn’t just some simple personal work or flight of fancy, but almost a personal mission in life.
Here’s one of the thoughts I’ve had: Perhaps our Creator sees the state of our world (or, even more likely still, already anticipated it and knew it would happen just so), a world where people are losing their faith because the point of progress we are at is one where those ancient beliefs -those initial and first divine teachings and instructions from our Creator to a much more primitive form of mankind- quite simply no longer quite fit with where we are at. Just perhaps, our divine Maker’s planning intended for us to take another step forward… that the epidemic of agnosticism and atheism was but a minor speed bump as we march forward as a sentient species, civilization and individual, conscious beings.
And yet, as I also explored in one of my very first writings? Were our Maker to reveal Itself in order to guide us forward? It would mean an absolute disaster. Such interference, here at this point in time, would quite literally destroy the entire fabric of our world and what our Creator sought for us to be.
So that advancement in faith must indeed come through us, lest the all of everything on this plane of existence be destroyed forevermore by divine interference at this particular point.
Therefore, once more I must say this much: Here I am. I happened to understand a totally different picture of the divine, one where all prior teachings by that divinity indeed came from that same Creator of ours; all the many different global faiths having come from the same exact source, with the purpose of so very many being to better differentiate our world and cultures, whilst instilling the very same basic teachings and moral guidance to an earlier man.
This is why I have done this work, and this is why it is so very important to me. Believe me, putting oneself out there like this? Compiling and sharing something that is indeed a brand new religion? Well, the only folks who advertise themselves as having brought about a brand new set of religious beliefs are not viewed very positively, if not outright labeled as absolute kooks or lunatics.
But all of this… well, this is me. This is the reason I have done this. I think it says something, that one person can go through so much, and yet remain positive and continue being thankful for the blessings of our Maker and God. And how is it I can do that? Because here I am. How can one not look around at our modern world and not express wonder?
How can they not give thanks for the blessing of being born in this incredible and fantastic age that we live in just now? It is downright miraculous: We are one and all connected instantaneously, 7 billion strong and we can have a video chat with anyone on this planet by incredible machines in our pockets that can do almost anything. We are now at the dawn of virtual reality, as we stream libraries of all the filmed and televised works of man all available on our televisions themselves. We continue to explore the very basics of our existence in physics and quantum mechanics. Cars can literally drive themselves!
How can you not look at this world in wonder? How can one not appreciate thanks for the blessing of being born at the right time as to enjoy all these miraculous gifts of technology and human endeavor?! Just think of all those who came before us, and the struggle they endured compared to where we are here today? Indeed, merely glance back at this particular writing: Only decades hence, and that septic shock would’ve surely killed me had I not been correctly diagnosed with septic shock so quickly and then given those IV antibiotics. Any other time, and I would have moved on to be with our Creator.
And here’s the thing there: Some folks say of religious belief that, if the so-called heaven -our ascension to a higher, perfect and utopian plane of existence alongside of our Creator- is so great, why would one not pursue decreasing the timeline of that event ASAP, in meaning their death?
Well, here’s the thing there: Not only have we been instructed by our Creator in nearly all of Its teachings to us that suicide is most often wrong, unless that particular consciousness has been specifically selected to have their end and ascension be premature. This is because most all of us are intended to have our consciousness mature for as long as we can on this planet, except for those handful that our Creator has selected to have join him at an early stage of their consciousness’ development.
But why would we?! Why would we want to abandon this plane early? Sure, in joining with our maker it will most surely be inconceivably better than whatever we know now. But even so, our own plane of existence -that world that our Creator Created and molded as such- is surely so amazing and magnificent that who on Earth would want to abandon it early, and intentionally?
I miss my mother, believe me, but even so, I love this world. I will rejoin her some day -I’ll see her again, you best believe!- but not now. It will happen when it happens. So in the meantime, I will continue loving and enjoying this world of ours for as long as I possibly can, and in the process become what our Creator wants for me to become – the person, the consciousness, that I am intended to become.
So in the meantime, I will keep up my wonder at our world. I’ll continue to evolve as a sentient being, and fulfill whatever purpose that I am intended for. And therefore, ultimately, this all is the reason I am here now and writing this as I am.
So why does this oddity that is TekARK exist? It’s quite simple, really. And I’ve already said it multiple times just now. Why is it that I am here, with this?
Because here I am, through it all. Here. I. Am. And here we all are. So let us keep expressing wonder and joy whilst we take in and enjoy this world we were birthed in, at this time we are living in.
Here we all are.