I fully realize that the moment any such analogies are encountered as includes the following, then a good many folks might dismiss everything else. I suppose that is what it is -unable to be helped, at least not without also compromising my own beliefs+personal credibility, or else significantly detracting from my fundamental points and concerns- but the reason why I still lean so very intensely on these very same analogies is their singularly unique capability of presenting these otherwise inexplicable concepts in a manner relatively easily understood by those currently unfamiliar with them, by and large.
This most certainly is not to say that I’d have anyone out there left believing that I personally think we’re all nothing more than some perverse “living video games” – believe me, nothing could be *any* further from the truth! What does matter there is the simple fact that these comparisons aren’t just the closest thing we have right now, they’re also the only similar such concept that we might hope to be able to use in order to convey this idea! As our digital age remains in its infancy -and as of now lacking even any realistic virtual reality technologies- the mere idea of having those binary ones and zeroes get used, not just to create actual worlds of any kind, but fully 3D worlds with fully realistic physics based upon ordered sets of rules? Clearly, there just aren’t a whole lot of options from which we might choose just now.
Because, at the end of the day, I do feel it all rather simple insofar as how we “mere mortals” might hope to understand such truly staggering -almost inconceivable, if not downright unknowable- sorts of ideas: As an introduction for those unfamiliar sorts of folks, the notion of simulated realities *as* a reality? Well, put all prior preconceptions aside for a moment and think about those games of ours.
In this particular piece, we’ll be starting out with the most basic of questions: What the idea of a simulation actually is, and just what exactly it might mean to us all.
Really, a simulation only requires the very same things that most any other computer driven operation or process does: To be built upon a set of ordered, clearly definable rules or parameters. That’s it!
We know, for example, that just by utilizing our own technological tools, near about anything can be represented or be made to exist digitally – including a whole entire reality, existing over many billion years! How could we possibly know such madness might be possible? Because we’ve already done it, ourselves!
The question then becomes such: What is our very own reality, if not ultimately the cumulative result of a mish-mash of various physical laws and rules interacting with one another? What’s more, if one were to also know and understand all of those complex natural laws governing our own existence, then there is absolutely no reason that they cannot further be represented and created (or recreated) using a very certain technological means.
And it just so happens that as we know our own reality here to exist as it does, it’s something that does not require an infinite number of manual efforts to produce and maintain that reality (someone constantly having to be in full control, taking various actions themselves in order to drive a whole universe forward, or merely so that it might exist at all.)
Next up I’d have us start looking at how utilizing something akin to a simulation (as we know+understand such a thing to be) offers rather blatant advantages over any, and all, alternative means conceivable. Imagine: Creating a universe that’s the size of, well… an entire universe! It begs the question: Why would any being -whether they be divine or otherwise- ignore the incredible benefits offered by any such simulated methodology, even if they were to possess quite real magic… positively just emanating from their fingertips!?
Among still others, those benefits include an almost inconceivable minimization in the size, time and resources involved with developing any Created universe; a simulation-like Creation also offers absolute and total dominion over it – both in creating an entire universe in the first place, just as much as overseeing and shepherding that reality once it’s been so made.
That said, let’s now go ahead and explore a few of those aspects in more depth.
In yet again emphasizing the incredible divinity of the being responsible for our Creation, we still might manage to draw comparisons and formulate ideas on comprehending such inconceivable matters based on our own existing knowledge or understandings… however limited that may well be. For example, today’s piece endeavors to look at how that divinity could manage to shepherd and direct us without relying on direct intervention in order to see its actions realized – at the same time, providing a decidedly rational explanation for such issues as may relate to clairvoyance and precognition of a singularly divine nature.
Take, for example, the idea of omnipresence. How could a divinity possibly know and see all, able to affect change without ever directly taking things completely over? Imagine such an advanced being, one simulating similarly to how we might understand it. Well, the simulated perspective offers us some particular insights thereabouts, as with so much else: Here, by utilizing further, far more brief and limited simulations; probability analysis as means of prognostication and modeling out the so-called butterfly effect.
That divine Creator is, in every aspect of every last thing, “running” the show of this universe/reality. It would be able to immediately run an infinite number of scenarios, determining probabilities until it set upon the perfect, ideal outcome. At any given moment, it would therefore “see” a thousand years ahead, able to then nudge things along by taking what action it deems necessary to bring that outcome about!
Curiously enough, this piece originally saw me writing it from the vantage point of being used as evidence in some of our existing beliefs that hinted at a simulated form of existence. That particular aspect to this post still stands, but at the same time it also serves as the most idealized means of conveying certain matters nearer to the introduction of the simulated reality as an idea: For discussing the fundamental nature of our divine Creator, as relates to those simulated set of ideas presented with this work.
As proves true regarding most things? Then we would only expect to find at least some evidence or “hints/clues” supporting the notion – that is, either tangible or intangible proof outside of solely itself. Should a simulation truly be the case for our reality/existence, this would mean either scientifically -in nature, within parts of that Creation, itself- or religiously -coming directly (or indirectly) from the Creator, passed down to mankind long ago.
For the latter, they’d be selective aspects locked away deep inside various ancient divine scriptures and tenets, subsequently buried over after so many centuries of their being viewed in only a certain way. All the same, they might be reexamined today and readily interpreted to provide us with certain clues as to the true nature of reality; such things as would only be conceivable given the benefit of more knowledge/better understanding that’s been acquired in modernity.
Today what we’ll be turning to involves one of the most fundamental of concepts surrounding Christianity; drawn as it is from those sacred works widely accepted as originating from the Higher Power who was singularly responsible for our creation.
Before moving on once more, I’d first like to take the opportunity to tie together everything up to this point (+also briefly touching on the two sections left to cover) with one post… long though it may well be:
The heart of the matter here involves examining our own existence… the timeless plight held by all of mankind: Being those who might look up, only to ask of themselves, “Why?” & “How? What?!?”
It’s simply human nature to ask ourselves these questions… whether pondering it over in our heads, inquiries to others around us, or instead turning nowhere in particular -and so, to everywhere- prayerfully directing our efforts towards that divinity, itself!
The thing of it is? For the past several millennia, those existing answers (no less, ones I also feel certain were provided to us by a true higher power/divine Creator) just “worked” with what our forebears so knew to be true of life – those mainstream religions then asserting their place, bringing stability to the scene over the past many millennia! There simply was no reason, let alone having any genuine need, to change things up or seek anything differently from what we’d find by turning to our culture’s dominant system of belief – each one perfectly covered all aspects of life and answered every question we might’ve had impossibly well, existing with such incredible stability despite thousands of years worth of progress where our civilization underwent quite startling advances – a true testament to their very real divine origins, if ever such a thing existed!
Why create such a world to begin with, whether or not ours is something of a technologically simulated existence?
This is a question that has stymied us, for pretty much as long as there’s been an us who might ask: “Why?”! Indeed, it almost goes without “question” here to say that it is a question for the ages, themselves!
For starters, why –exactly– would God even create us, to begin with? What reason is there for making our world, universe and reality – something separate, distinct and brand new from whatever that Maker already knew for itself? Why is it that we’re here… at all?! And just what is our purpose as such, in simply being a part of this crazy little thing otherwise known as life?
These represent the weightiest of matters, without a doubt! They appear to be quite complex questions, ones that assuredly must require answers equally as convoluted – if indeed there are even any answers to be found there… at all! And yet, it is my firm belief here that the answer to them all is one and the same; no less, it’s also something that’s almost deceptively simple!
Here, the idea I feel needs to be pushed over all others: Encouraging uniqueness and individuality as means of differentiating; to make that much bigger of a ripple in the teeming seas of humanity and human civilization itself; wherein commonality means losing oneself in the crowd ala our “making a bigger impact, leaving a bigger trail”.
As I’ve already explored, to my mind it’s clear that this is quite specifically the divine purpose with which we were created for – but, at least for today’s discussion, let’s examine matters as they relate more to reality, strictly dealing within the confines of that mortal realm of ours.
Summarized most aptly? Everyone can be the same, but only you can be you.
The very greatest of gifts we have ever been given? Our free will.
Do note, however, that none of this is to say we should all go out tomorrow and (magically) find a way to dye our hair in various ultraviolet colors, just so it’s something else that we alone might possess for pleasing or earning God’s favor.
But…! Being who we are both fully and openly, by proudly embracing every strange quirk or oddity that makes us exactly who we are? Neither meekly turning away from or refuting any of these quirks we’ve developed in becoming who we are as mature human beings, simply because it appears easier just to try and “fit in”…? It isn’t only healthy doing so, an open embrace of the unique distinctions in us all should be seen as an outright requirement if one seeks to find contentment -and even, in many ways, true meaning- in both this world and “the next”. That, instead of being forced into conformity and following along with the masses in opposition to following their own personal truths, we should all be encouraged onward to make our (almost quite literal) “ripples” in such an environment as large as they might possibly hope to be.
Where I continually emphasize the extraordinary existential importance of our uniqueness and individuality with regard to the sentient, self-aware conciousnesses we each and every last one of us are, another reason providing us with further insight as to the ‘why?’ behind this as the most notable aspect for having such a technologically based simulated existence…? Consider only those technologies we ourselves are already more than familiar with – from there, next ponder the inevitable eventuality of a true artificial intelligence of our own making.
If such a thing proves to be at all possible (meaning some self-aware construct made from and designed using only lines of programming code written by humans, just as it undoubtly would be) -itself hardly some foregone conclusion just now- then surely the mere idea of any differentiation whatsoever would be a totally alien concept to it/them. That selfsame hypothetical scripted AI? It’d be created from out of scripts of code; existing in a static and unchanged state – as opposed to any familiarity with randomness or dynamism in any such ways; day after day, always running from off of the very same lines of code!
The inherent equality of consciousness: There’s two sides to a singular coin in our views about, well… our views in relation to each other. A small number of people reject notions of individual equality. In their eyes, some truly are “made” better than others; whereby but of course the olympian or the Einstein and daVinci were not equal with Ogg, the Ancient Caveman.
To most others, we hold human equality as an irrefutable reality… if only by and large. We are each born mostly equal, we might say, and so it’s only what we do and make of ourselves after birth that offers any potential distinction or division (coming in the form of our personal achievements and merit).
But it seems to me both notions are missing the most critical aspect of all to factor in: Our consciousness, that marvelous blessing bestowed upon humanity during our species very first days. Think of how genuinely impossible and exceptional of a thing it well and truly is? To be able to gaze out and simply ask “why?”; loving and learning, hoping or dreaming all the while as we move right along!
It is the rarest of things, and it makes each of us the most superior of things in this plane of existence – one and all, each and every single last one of us! So then, an old adage has had it right all along: We genuinely are equal in the eyes of our Creator. To that divine being. we have all been bestowed with the most splendiferous of gifts conceivable: Intelligent sentience.