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.
A mystery having vexed cosmologists over the past century, ever since the first inklings began emerging about the starting point of our universe (long before it ever became a TV sitcom) – that of ye olde “Big Bang Theory”?
Well, the question has remained as such: What exactly was it which came *before* that grandest of explosive moments? If not this, then merely what might’ve caused or brought about such an event, to begin with!
Obviously, it should seem rather apparent as to how there absolutely must be *some* form of answer here; meaning things can’t be quite so straightforward as what we presently know, and nothing more than that: A universe impossibly starting some 13.7 billion years back, due to some natural act of otherwise purely random chaos. There positively has to be more to the picture here, something beyond what we already understand to be so – some as yet mysterious+unknown process, event or otherwise that more adequately explains away and better informs what an overwhelming amount of evidence has told us up to just now.
Without a doubt, many of us would immediately present God as the one and only answer needed for resolving such an arguably tricky sort of issue… with that first moment of time back at the Big Bang simply being when He thusly went about the great work of Creating.
At issue, however, is the fact that even so, there absolutely *must* still be something more to things than are presently known. Neither of the two separate pieces can work all off by themselves… either with a universe singularly having come from various “rationalized processes” in physics, or solely as the result of an omnipotent divinity magically Creating us and our world.
Put more simply: What we understand and so far know of things, in all likelihood, does not correlate with *only* either some scientifically driven or religious/Creation-based viewpoint.
Therefore, allow me to try and, however crudely, explain what it is I mean here and, at the same time, provide a rough sketch of current understandings about that moment of our reality’s initial Creation.
A purely rational/scientific understanding (such as from a committed agnostic or atheist viewpoint) is all but inconceivable, strictly working off of all our existing scientific evidence and data. It’s just an utterly illogical impossibility, to come at things in only that one way. Not only shouldn’t God ever be removed from an understanding of His Creation, it isn’t even possible to try and examine our universe’s origins without also taking into account a Creator responsible for its very existence.
All of known reality somehow *poofed* itself into existence only some 13.7 billion years ago? Of course not – proferring any such thought is downright absurd! Sure, although those same 13.7 billion years might seem inconceivable from our own limited mortal perspectives – all our lives barely stretching out some hundred years, at the very absolute best – in more cosmological terms, on the other hand…? The duration of our universe is barely a drop in the proverbial bucket! For instance, our very own planet, Earth? It now measures up to some 5 billion worth of them, alone!
Just stop and think about that for a moment; let the majestic scope and scale of this cosmos surrounding us try to sink its way in. This Earth that gave rise to our species is more than a third of the age of *everything* as we know it!
As though that weren’t dramatic enough, let’s examine stars briefly. Our own Sun has been around for about those same five billion years, while expected to have about that same time left in the tank – for roughly a 10,000,000,000 year existence when all is said and done.
The biggest stars around? We could anticipate only a couple million years out of them before ending in a catastrophic supernova.
It is the smallest and dimmest stars which yield the most shocking numbers of all, however. Many of these will survive tens to hundreds of billions of years – and red dwarfs? We could easily be talking about ten *TRILLION* years… and up!!
So outside of finding it downright crazed to imagine that everything chaotically came to exist, all from out of nothing at all… without factoring in an external force -God- to set things into motion and direct them properly, such as to result in all of us just now?
The bottom line is that the indisputable age of everything is indeed so very relatively recent to when we happen to be right here and now that, if we were to go and compare more long lived celestial bodies reduced down to our own mortal timelines, it’d be exactly like saying the all of every known thing -meaning our entire universe/reality- is only some month or two in age at this point! (10+ trillion, up against 13.7 billion – countless many stars enduring 1,000× the current age of everything in existence… and longer!)
Now then, if what we looked at and found to be the case rather involved a universe whose duration is either literally infinite (not having any discernible or observable beginning to it whatsoever), or was at least exponentially older than it is here today…? Well, perhaps those who presented their answers from a strictly scientific or theoretical standpoint -something that doesn’t include God or some form of higher power in the slightest bit- wouldn’t come off quite so delusional as they actually do.
Yet none of that is the case as we find it, so, if only in my mind, we have no choice but to factor God into this particular “equation”… no matter what one may or may not want to believe in for themselves.
In other words, when we definitively know that the very all of Creation is only a drop in that cosmological bucket, up against cosmological scales – something not only distinctly finite in its age, but that’s even able to be seen as relatively quite recent, no less…? Then one who espouses a “big picture” that doesn’t include some higher power or similar such external causative factors is, in reality, only flirting with sheer unapologetic madness.
Even so, however, things can neither be quite so simple as to instead rely entirely on a religious/divine understanding for one’s chosen redress to the Big Bang/Creation problem. The issue on this side of the coin is… that same Big Bang, alongside select implications of the ongoing+unending expansion of this universe.
Now before moving any further forward, without delving *too* deeply into such convoluted matters, the Big Bang itself is in fact something that quite a bit of evidence presently supports and confirms for us.
Perhaps the most telling bit of all comes with something known as ‘Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation’ – essentially referring to an almost literal “snapshot” of the universe, just precisely as it was back when everything in it cooled down sufficiently and atoms began to coalesce from a previously broiling hot plasmatic stew.
As for the when this exceptional information provides us a detailed glance back at? Only some 380,000 years into Creation… making for but a fraction’s fraction of its current age (again, that’d be 13,700,000,000!)
What that means is that something of a natural “signal” or “message” was left at that moment, one encoded near the birth of our reality in the form of such microwave-spectrum radiation (at present)… that’ll carry on for tens of billions of years into the future, pretty much exactly as it exists right now! These electromagnetic waves further being nearly identical today as they were billions and billions of years ago, thusly providing us with a decidedly literal snapshot of the shape of the whole universe at the instant of their emission as such, 380,000 yrs post-Big Bang.
Likewise, with the incredible Hubble Space Telescope and other peerless observatories serving as our windows into the ancient cosmological past, we also have rather exceptional, concrete visible evidence of the process of universal evolution – our best images just now stretching nearly all the way back to the very first generations of stellar bodies/stars, where we witness a distinctive progression as those earliest of massive stars further gave rise to decidedly primitive forms of early galaxies.
In all of this, we’ve observed a universe that looks (and truly was) strikingly different, evolving continuously over considerable periods of time. Furthermore, spectroscopic data [crudely stated, the reading of the elemental composition of any stellar body (stars) through their emitted light patterns (think of a prism refracting light, with each elemental composition having its own unique telltale signal)] shows us that these same early stars were strictly hydrogen and helium affairs; seeing as how those more complex or “heavier” elements require nuclear fusion to exist, having only been birthed gradually over time in the furnace engines of matter better known as stars and supernovae.
Additionally, thanks to the “standard candles” provided by those very same supernovae alongside the so-called Doppler effect, we’ve only recently been able to determine that the universe’s expansion is actually accelerating over time!
Something of a brief aside, but many might recall hearing tell of this very thing a few years back – proving to be a considerable shock to most scientists when it was, given that theorists had previously believed our universe was instead destined to end in some “Big Crunch” when all of space would ultimately collapse back in on itself… before (perhaps) rebounding anew, with yet another in an endless series of Big Bangs.
As for why there was such an expectation as that, you’re likely to be wondering? Well, among other reasons, this was necessary for a cosmological model that *did* in fact manage to remove God from the equation – something that came off as remotely logical, already aware that reality had both a distinct beginning and one uncomfortably recent relative to any cosmological frames of reference.
If the universe was rather able to be seen as an endless cycle of Bang-Crunch-Bang-Crunch-Bang, then it would’ve allowed for some “non-Created (by God) universe model” with a cosmos that really was infinite in age. This, serving to explain away the rather tricky problem of those same (relatively all too brief) 13.7 billion years, instead, had it proved true, finding that particular point to only be as recent as the latest from out of an endless series of Big Crunches to Big Bangs.
The final takeaway from out of all that, then…? It simply means that here today, the age of this universe of ours isn’t just something we’ve got a pretty decent handle on, but so too does it also manage to overwhelmingly support the basic notion of a Created form of reality (with the Big Bang) as the all of everything’s been able to get traced back to a small dot of inconceivably compressed space+matter, the “first moment” of which signaled an explosive and literal Big Bang that saw the start of everything we know and ourselves are.
My point here, from a religious/divine perspective, is how this also doesn’t jive *perfectly* with any singularly theological model of Creation. If so, and if that were all that everything really was, then the Bang aspect doesn’t fully conform with things as we know and would expect them to thusly be. At least from the vantage point of our own meager minds, one would reasonably envision there being no need for any such of a convoluted and unnecessary scenario as all of that.
Much like the purely scientific cosmos largely needing a universe endless or infinite in age in order to *actually* “work” as a proper theory, we’d instead perhaps expect to discover a more static or unchanging form of reality from the vantage of strictly (+ from any traditional understanding of) a Godly Created one. Things would simply have come to be, and… well, that would most likely be that!
The universe gets “designed” and made, with stars and planets placed approximately in their final intended positions, such that there’d be neither Big Bangs nor any Big Crunch. Life would have still evolved, going from primordial goo to us over billions of years – but space expanding, stars forming, from out of a Big Bang? That plays no part – having no effect whatsoever – on the arrival of conscious life… and yet, since it did happen just so, it also must have happened for some reason.
Based off of what we do happen to know (not simply believe or think, mind you, but from exceptional, staggering amounts of tangible & undisputed evidence), then, it all leads to one of really only two possible positions for us to assume here:
The first is that all of these things are somehow mere theatrics played on us and/or glaring mistakes on our parts; perhaps with an especially ridiculous cosmological game aimed at our widespread deception, or what have you. “Smoke and mirrors,” in other words, with an omnipotent being seemingly desiring for us to be misdirected and utterly fooled by altering what actually happened to “cover up” the actuality of the matter with this Big Bang we know today.
Not only does all of that seem entirely unnecessary and all but pointless, that is also not the almighty God I myself happen to believe in. There’d be no reason to misdirect mankind in such ways, but, more importantly still, it would be almost without precedent from our Creator – no matter what topic or area happens to be involved! Absolutely nowhere else do we similarly witness some grand game… where we’ve been shown or told things from divinity that were blatantly wrong or untrue, simply in order that we would manage to find ourselves misdirected thusly. God is a God of pure truth: Always, and forevermore.
What one would also be saying there is a belief in a Creator who would take considerable efforts to either misdirect or entirely erase the truth of certain things. Well, this just isn’t the God I myself believe to be our Maker… and, if someone does believe differently for themselves, then it means accepting a reality where literally *nothing* can be absolutely for certain; a divinity who would intentionally obfuscate and conceal the true shape of things, all for little other reason save in order to have those things be so concealed.
The second -something that does in fact conform with a good deal much elsewhere- is that, not only is there likely a reason and suitable explanation to be uncovered (once we suitably show ourselves to have earned that discovery… even if we might not readily see it as such at first glance), but that furthermore, proper balance and solutions lying “someplace in the middle” are far and away the most probable scenarios of all.
What that itself means…? An answer that’s something of a halfway point between two otherwise extremes – here, being the “science or theology” tracks; taking neither one solely in isolation, and trying to work out possible explanations as to the why behind some unknown mystery from such a perspective.
All of which is a really long winded way of getting to my ultimate point thereabouts; clearly, there being a particular reason why I decided on writing about this here topic and then posting it publicly – the fact that, if only from my own vantage point, this particular mystery has for itself an explanation which not only fits within these somewhat odd ideas of mine, but that also appears to considerably support them all that much more strongly.
The strange and bizarre simulation notions I’ve presented previously? It all seems to come into alignment with this subject. Or, better yet, the fact that the Big Bang being precisely as it is (or at least what it appears to be, at any rate) would be precisely what one might expect given such a “simulated scenario”.
A product of purely random chaos (scientific/rational, but without God) needing an infinitely old universe and/or cyclical driven Bang2Crunches on end.
Yet *purely* as a product of our *traditional* understanding of such divine omnipotence, we’d rather prove by far more likely to find something of a static universe – designed and put into place as ultimately intended by God, as opposed to a constantly evolving universe that began in an entirely inconceivable (and inhospitable to any life) state.
Imagine a little dot of hyper compressed space expanding to this day, while the building blocks necessary for any life to develop require many billions of years: An exponentially energetic (read: hot) stew of elementary particles drifts apart while the space it would occupy grows ever onward through expansion, causing those minimalstic particles to cool sufficiently and form hydrogren+helium. Those two elements eventually gather into the very first stars (truly massive behemoths compared to any stars around today) that produce all the other 100+ elements over time, enabling the production of brand new celestial bodies hitherto unseen – like simple planets and galaxies… all of which ultimately, inevitably, leads right on up to us!
So what if we were to consider what’s observed as the Big Bang as only the peculiar consequences of whatever tools or methods our Creator happened to employ…? Whereby, His removing such evidence solely in order to have that evidence be removed, it’d be an all but entirely pointless affair – never mind that only a rare few would ever even be able to become aware of it, through advanced study by some exceedingly developed intelligent life; something only having been made known to humanity as recently as this past century, alone.
Could He do that? But of course! Just the same way that He likely could have made us and our universe employing numerous other methods and tools. If He did go with whatever route which had what we now observe as its consequence, however, what would truly be the point of removing or altering what we presently see of it? And, make no mistake, if God went with that particular route, then it was for plenty good reason; being the most preferable or desirable means such as for yielding intelligent, conscious life.
Clearly, I myself happen to believe that our Big Bang ideas are accurate and offer us tantalizing evidence about He who Created us and our world along with how that work was done.
The how and why behind that Big Bang? Imagine, through whatever means, an actual reality suddenly being “booted up” and Created as such; one that has a distinct starting point for itself, and undergoes continual change and evolution over time. In fact, both the purely scientific and traditional theological ideas, all by themselves, would seem likely to find a universe that’s static, infinite or cyclical in nature.
What we do actually see there…? It strongly suggests a more automated kind of affair.
The traditional notion of God and Creation sees a “manual” effort, like if we were to recreate the Great Wall of China in, say, Minecraft, laying stone after stone after stone – each one individually placed and arranged by hand.
The preceding evidence referenced does not indicate that, but rather something of a far more “automated” affair; as though we were to instead say, “Hey, I want a really huge wall constructed! It should be these dimensions when all is said and done… so, get to work!”
The former would take us months and months, if not years! The latter would be finished in a blink of our eyes.
Both end results…? They’d be all but identical – suffering no difference in quality or anything else at day’s end. Well, except being the mortal beings that we are, the former could easily face an occasional mistake on our parts here and there – the automated option, assuming we set things up just right, would instead definitively be perfect and flawless.
That’s not to say God could possibly be prone to such mistakes, Himself. Nor is it to imagine He took that “easier route” out of laziness or what have you.
All it comes to mean is that there’d be absolutely no reason *not* to go with such a more automated method, while possibly finding several different reasons why it would be preferable – even to God.
The ultimate fact of the matter…? We can look, even to the Big Bang itself, and see very distinct evidence that, at least today, appears to speak volumes in support of a simulated existence… and pretty much only something approximately along those lines. As I’ve mentioned before, such a method would be much like planting a kernel or seed and having it sprout all on its very own – just so long as the design and process one made to handle that task was immaculate in its quality, with nary a flaw in sight.
Indeed, when one stops and truly thinks about it without prior opinion or biases, there seems little other explanation for why our universe appears to have the quite specific origins it does. What we undeniably witness almost certainly disproves some Godless model of random natural chaos; as it does one that was Created by a sentient omnipotence piece by piece, all but literally by “hand”.
Yet it does, in my personal opinion, look to agree with such simulated notions of mine; an expertly designed methodology and system for ultimately producing individual conscious life from out of nothing, yet largely without requiring incomprehensible effort and labor on the part of the Creator – and all the while, ending with something that would be as flawless and perfect as one might conceive all other, alternative ways or means to even remotely hope to approach.
Bottom line: Our present understanding of our universe’s origins -that of the Big Bang- would surely seem to be still another feather in the cap supporting something at least resembling a “simulated” form of reality… as being a reality for us and our world.
Since the first inkling of Darwinistic theories emerged over these past couple of centuries, many have also sought to deny or stave off the same exact ideas brought alongside an origin of humanity as might be found within evolution.
Likewise, I myself have constantly sought to emphasize the fallacy of what I hold to be arguably irrational sorts of denials – how refuting evolution isn’t merely somewhat suspect (at this point in time, that is), but most especially for those that ascribe to belief in an Almighty & Divine Creator.
Except, instead of replacing such intelligent designs for sheer chaos and a world of pure anarchy, in my eyes evolution is evidence of an advanced being utilizing the most perfect of systems in order to produce… well, I suppose just about everything we know and ourselves are!
There seems to be some expectation that a Godly Created world strictly means one whereby all species -particularly we of the highest order of lifeforms known today, being those of intelligent and sentient mankind- should be deliberately, specifically and uniquely each designed by God… right on down to the smallest and most insignificant detail conceivable!
Think, however – think about the incomprehensible amount of time necessary to tweak every last insignficant aspect… every species, whose each and every single cell and gene would be carefully customized. Even accepting God as a literally perfect omnipotence, consider how difficult and tricky it would be to produce a genuinely perfect end result – when dealing with billions of genes for billions of species over billions of years; the inconceivable interplay at work between those same species, requiring not only perfect efforts in designing it all to begin with, but also in managing the “game” of those balancing acts, being nearly infinite in their numbers, such as to defy all possible imagining!
Ahh, but with evolution, instead…?! Thereabouts, the system (of life), in essence, designs itself sans any effort whatsoever. It designs itself to absolute, incontestible perfection, no less! The ongoing balancing act of the many species, makes for something that’s automatically maintained as a part of those evolutionary concerns.
Were we one species living in an almost literal bubble? Well then, absolutely! -painstakingly intentional and deliberate machinations by a divine Maker might be far more realistic for us to consider as an idea.
Given what we have and know here, however, and what we understand of the processes surrounding Darwinistic Evolution itself…? Those deliberate designs would be all but wasteful energies on the part of God that could be redirected & put to far better use elsewhere, doing such things and works where God’s Might is an irrefutable necessity. So going with that over evolution, all of it being done purely in order to create a system for creating life which, at its very absolute best, could really only but hope to match -and not to truly surpass- the end result of what arises from evolutionary-based developments.
So anyways, why, exactly, is evolution so great? Aside from creating an environment wherein life develops in harmony with one another – where species are part of a macroscopic biosphere focused on organic/natural balancing acts… the very interplay, between lifeforms- what is its single greatest attribute we might discover hereabouts?
Simply put…? Survival. Evolution -and thereby all life produced through evolution- has but a singular underlying linchpin it’s obsessed with: The most basic emergence, production, existence, thriving and expanding of all life.
Each attribute resulting from evolution entails some aspect which ensures whatever life comes about next will survive just a bit longer still, enlarging its numbers slightly, and better enduring against all its surrounding environs and variables.
Evolution, in still other words, is a system that’s downright obsessed with guaranteeing that life will indeed endure; such Darwinistic notions being the greatest and most fanatical of advocates for all life as we know it. All the same, it also just so happens to be the most very efficient and automated of designs for yielding and sustaining life: Whereby, once having been established as such, it requires next to no ongoing maintenance or modifications, but instead simply taking care of itself as well as any other thing or one could possibly manage deliberately all by themselves.
So while yes, evolution is certainly most efficient when it comes to the eyes of its initiator, that is not necessarily the greatest part about it. Instead, we find a system where anything that does *not* favor life in the absolute is identified, isolated, and ultimately removed. Whatever does favor life, however, is championed, shared/spread by being carried on down the line, and gradually improved upon… ever onward!
Should some trait enable greater survivability at gradually higher temperatures, as our planet warms slightly? Then precisely this will transpire – individuals who possess it will survive moreso than those who don’t, guaranteeing their descendants spread it down the line; just the same, those individuals who can only survive at colder climes during such a warming will increasingly not survive, ensuring that detrimental trait is eventually removed from contention.
Likewise, the same applies for an ability to sense more shades of green (Reddit – Human Eye & Shades of Green – and yes, admittedly, as viewers of Fargo might have already heard tell of) whilst living in dangerous grasslands with countless camouflaged predators – individual members who can distinguish the threat will flee and survive. Those that can’t, however, get left behind and gobbled up as prey – making for a trait in the form of “see ever more shades of green,” that is favored by whichever species. Slowly but surely, it becomes the dominant trait -something increasing the likelihood that offspring are produced who share in it, as well- whilst their not-so-greeny compatriots are a predators dinner prior to yielding heirs possessing their decidedly un-green visionary (un-)gifts.
Such that evolution produces a perfected one-two shot in combination: The positive features ensure greater numbers of offspring are produced with the very same; an absence of those features (or instead wholly negative/detrimental ones) mean that far fewer than normal offspring come about that possess them.
And all of this… coming about through an all but entirely automated -yet nearly flawless, all the very same- system, having proven itself more than capable of producing+maintaining so many billions of creatures (of all shapes and sizes, no less) as seen across that most impossibly majestic of tapestries we know of today as life on this Earth!
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.