Preface to A Simulated Existence


Prior to delving into a more in depth examination of a simulated sort of existence, I’d first like to start out by merely dipping our toes into the murky waters with something of a prologue.

Part of what led me to all of these (admittedly quite strange!) notions was the fact that I’ve long felt as though the countless many immense transformations our world has undergone in recent times should also serve to allow us to better address and/or perceive the very nature of divinity – in entirely new or different sorts of ways. The many advancements coming from such rapid progress as we’ve made of late should not, in my mind, be something exclusively exploited by invention, technologies or whatever else, but might instead easily promise to open up brand new ground in areas that have each proven impossibly mysterious or all but unknowable to our long ago ancestors in the distant past.

So at the time I initially committed myself to this here work, it was just that kind of an effort which I had in my mind: Looking at matters of faith with the benefit of modernity, whilst coming at it all from our relatively advanced contemporary perspective. Now then, here today…? Well, after some countless years worth of diligently exploring, learning and applying such discoveries towards those exact same ends, I came to find that my early suspicions had in fact proven to ultimately bear weight! That is, by going at the task of asking a certain, quite particular age old question (one that all men and women have forever posed of themselves); to ask themselves, quite simply, “Why?” And yet also, at the same exact time, doing so only by being armed to the veritable teeth with all of the many different fantastical aspects as embodies this age of modernity of ours…? Well for me, at least, what this managed to result in was an almost unrecognizably different set of conclusions to the simplest (and equally so, the most complex and impossible) of all questions.

What’s more, however, is the fact that I didn’t have to come to any of this by ignoring or discarding aspects of existing religious thought… for no, it was instead the polar opposite! You see, it was only when such matters were also looked at through a lens of our traditional religious beliefs that things really and truly started coming together in that sense. Not only did those prior religious understandings about the nature of divinity better inform many of my ‘new and different‘ ideas that this here journey ultimately yielded, but I actually found both began to naturally flow together!

Therefore, it resulted in producing something of a rather seamlessly interwoven tapestry, up to such a point as it appeared as though taking so many different existing ancient religious systems of belief alongside the idea of existing in a simulated reality had been done by design! In fact, that’s exactly the case to be expected here, too: The immaculate designs of an omnipotent force that both sees all and knows all, able to create the most incredible of plans before nudging us right along in whatever direction might be deemed necessary for us to take in the journey of our lives.

Suddenly, this here idea of our existence being one that’s simulated in nature not only didn’t conflict with my own existing faith and religious understandings, but instead a simulation appeared to validate such things all the more! Almost all at once, everything really started falling into place perfectly soon after that realization was made; whereupon earlier traditional beliefs about divinity started to organically support and blend together with the thought of living as part of a simulated reality.

So that’s the interesting thing there: Instead of merely trying to discuss and explain the thought of simulations as some abstract philosophical notion or utilizing mind-numbing scientific ideas as evidence supportive of the so-called “Simulation Hypothesis”, we can instead find existing purely theological concepts as further such evidence for coming to the conclusion that ours is indeed a simulated existence! What this all boils down to is that, rather than going on and on about “quantum this” or “philosophical quirk that”, many religious concepts stand as direct evidence supporting a simulated view of our own reality.

These are the sorts of things that have so often been claimed to be “far beyond we mere mortals, but rather simply the nature of an inherently unknowable and vastly superior divine Creator.” Something like, say, the concept of the Trinity as is found in Christianity; a Godly force that is all at once three distinct entities -the Father, Son, and a Holy Spirit- and yet somehow ultimately results in only but a singular omnipotent Creator.

So when whatever so-called “normal” pieces of evidence as have been used over the past several years to support a simulated reality by certain circles -those being decidedly dry academic realms filled with various scientific and philosophical concerns- are taken alongside and added to these other, much more religious or divinely based aspects…? Then it is my firm belief that we now suddenly find an extraordinarily powerful case being made in favor of the simulated existence; so very much so that it seems all but impossible for us to casually dismiss and fully discount the notion.

While sure, this admittedly isn’t the most natural, obvious nor easily acceptable of conclusions for one to reach in this world…? It’s also mighty hard indeed to refute it in full once all the evidence in such a wide variety of differing fields and areas ultimately come together as one (and it once more bears repeating, doing so quite seemlessly, no less!), each and every last one of which leading us in the same exact direction.

Finding an almost perfect alignment of so many different areas -be they scientific, technological, secular philosophies, culture, and theologies or religious ideas- is something that’s all but entirely unprecedented. So it is this right here that has served to greatly validate my own personal belief in such a reality being true – no less, it being a reality that’s simulated in nature!

I would therefore encourage us all to keep this same exact sort of an open mind as we come to the next several sets of ideas, as they are nearly certain to be exceptionally bizarre or offsetting to the… “uninitiated” sort, I suppose: Those who’ve never before encountered anything that’s even remotely like the idea of living as part of a simulated form of reality. Even so, just because something initially might sound most strange, bizarre or altogether absurd does not decisively lessen that thing in the slightest – only think to imagine just where we’d be today if, say, the theory of gravity or relativity had been similarly brushed aside due simply to its oddness as a proposal.

Perhaps phrased at its simplest? It’s my absolute belief that ours is a reality that’s simulated in nature.

In fact, however, as bizarre as that notion undoubtedly must sound to the “uninitiated” sort? This is not in itself an entirely brand new idea. Instead, for the past couple decades at the very least, many rogue eccentrics and academic sorts have debated the notion on end.

Where I differ on the matter, however -and it’s quite a massive difference, at that!- is in not viewing it as some mere idle philosophical curiosity. Rather, as you might already guess after having read other parts to this body of work, my belief and understanding instead treats this theologically: Examining a simulated reality in relation to God and the divine Creator of us all.