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/
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.
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.
Belief is a funny thing – our faith being singularly unique throughout all of Creation as something found solely in we human beings. There’s truly nowhere else where we might also observe anything endeavoring to look up and ask of itself, “Why? How…? What?!?”, let alone anything capable of knowing any such answers to those inquiries they might so deign to make! And yet, among those individuals found to exist in the many sorts of cultures and religions that we do in fact know for ourselves? Such beliefs have also come to mean so countless many wildly different things, to so very many widely different peoples – no less, ones that are spread across the whole wide world over!
So then, all that this work ultimately represents is my offering up what those beliefs have come to mean to me personally just now, and absolutely nothing more than that; existing only as but a meager reflection of that which I myself have come to believe is true in this life of ours so far.
Next up on our agenda? One might begin to wonder, “Why doesn’t God step in and make His wishes known to us directly, just as He once did so long ago?” In my eyes, this is an utter absurdity for anyone to realistically expect – it would completely, irrevocably disrupt our entire existence. It would also be exactly the same as a parent stepping in to “reparent” their 50-year old adult child… no less, with that parent’s refusing to step back, let go and allow their offspring to ‘sink or swim’ doubtlessly being responsible for whatever his or her present predicaments may be; those problems which require such reparenting, even at the half century mark! What’s more, God simply doesn’t need to do any such thing! – most certainly not when He can influence and direct the very same desired outcomes, only doing so from “behind the scenes,” as it were.
There appears to be a good many here in our world today who seem to expect that, in their mind, God’s existence is somehow disproven by the lack of any (relatively recent) direct interactions with us or our forebears. All the more, many a conartist or cultist in such modern times have outright declared that, if they themselves aren’t God and/or Jesus Christ reborn, then God at the very least directly communicates to them – and to them alone! Both of these views -that God must either prove His divine existence to us by way of direct interaction, or that God really is somehow speaking to only one out of seven billion worth- are utterly incorrect, in my estimation… most especially not when God -that higher power/force- doesn’t need to do anything of the sort!
All of human civilization -our modern world, itself, alongside all the endless blessings brought with our natural understandings being exploited in the form of inventive technologies- only exist due to the combined efforts of all mankind. Two sayings in particular seem most apt in conveying this idea: How no one person is ever an island, all to themselves; as well as our each standing high today perched upon the shoulders of giants.
Sure, they might just sound ridiculously, if not altogether absurdly, contrived in nature or inapplicable to our daily/personal lives. But they also possess definitive meaning and particular resonance for us, all the same. This thusly works out to symbolize an important notion as it relates to our concerns here: Epitomizing the essential truth that we are all in this crazy adventure called life together – a reality that holds true even throughout time itself!
Further, that we are one and all human beings: Sharing in our most fundamental characteristics and cornerstones, whilst still remaining unique as individuals. Ultimately, all those many individuals combine as one to result in a whole wide world… being the all of human civilization, itself! But even so, that civilization is nothing without the near infinite amount of blood, sweat and tears by all the many countless generations whose time came before ours, here on this swirling blue ball otherwise known as Earth.
So I very much possess an utter, unwavering certainty that we exist where we are today by benefit of our place atop the shoulders of the most towering of giants. That same giant? ‘Tis none other than the all of humanity that has come before us and our time! Every single last individual, from the mightiest and most famous to the lowliest of long forgotten wretches, has in some way or another contributed to our getting here just now. In addition to recognizing our divine Creator, the efforts of our forebears mustn’t be forgotten in any way – or, far worse still, simply ignored out of egocentric tendencies/focus. Certainly, not a single one of us would be in this fantastical future world had it not been for all those many who preceded us here in the modern day.
As I’ve already established here, we should see the collective of humanity as but a single entity: Our very civilization itself, something that’s best perceived as aging and maturing exactly the same way as does any other dynamic living thing! Each different generation of mankind? Taken as being just like a year in the life of one person!
Yet just as with all things in life, proper perspective and understanding is essential. In moving forward, however, we must also remember to continue looking all around us: Including where we came from before. All the more, it is my firmest belief that the many different sacred works and religious beliefs we possess emerged directly from our true Creator – no less, likely to be the last direct communications our world will receive from that divinity for a long time still to come.
Even so, we ought to remember the fact that the so-called “intended audience” for these works was one for whom the Earth still stood at the very center of all Creation itself! All things existing in all places – everything and everywhere, for everyone – encircled and so orbitted this marvelous little pale blue dot we all lived, loved and inevitably died upon. The mere idea of outer space, some endless dark and frozen vacuumous abyss which separates all those (equally unknown kinds of) celestial bodies (being other stars, planets, black holes, dark matter or energies, along with whole other galaxies – and so very much more!) from one another… well, it simply wasn’t so much as an idea to anyone just yet, nary even a single soul!
The reason responsible as to why, despite having so very many different religions around the globe today, there’s actually only but a single God who’s directly responsible for giving us those numerous systems of belief? In only but two words: Sparking differentiation.
God provided us with so many faiths, only in order to produce stark differences across our Earthly cultures and societies -throughout every corner of the world- over several centuries & millennia. He did so such that we might become ever more distinct and unique from one another on an individual level, therefore satisfying His desire to Create and cultivate new sentient consciousness (ones ultimately joining with His plane of existence upon our mortal death in this plane).
Yet, while certainly accomplishing those ends, there was also a second reason here for giving us as many faiths as we ultimately received from God: The dynamics between different cultural and ethnic groups of human beings; those outcomes produced by way of their interactions with each other, and the near infinite societal/scientific/technological contributions derived from such interplay (which is also the bulk of what this particular piece will be dealing with, given that the former aspect hardly requires any greater elaboration than the preceding provided).
Now although there have indeed already been “unifying” sects, churches… even whole religions? If only by and large, none of those have existed in such a way as to give truly equal validity to all the major established worldwide systems of belief; never before having been anything presenting the notion that all such faiths are equally correct and valid, let alone any genuine supposition holding that all of them came to exist in our world from the very same higher power. There’s seems a very good reason for that absence: At least in theory, this might seem to be something of an outright impossibility!
It should surely appear the height of absurdity to say that the divinity of Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Judaism, and countless more are all quite literal as a deity; with each and every last one of them having come from the same God/divine entity/higher power/what have you. To support such a supposition under the backdrop of existing theologies? One would simply have to be either delusional or something of an unrepentant polytheist – and should the latter be the case, well… have we not just annihilated all the monotheistic religions from the mix, right off the bat?
So this is where I attempt to bring this entire portion the rest of the way “home“, as it were – finally drawing everything in this section together. A critical understanding to keep in mind hereabouts should be the fact that ours is a diverse world filled with many wildly divergent cultures (never mind, on purely an individual level, how vastly differing we each are!) What’s more, the relationship those same cultures play with one another, and the countless contributions they each bring to the table that is the all of human civilization, itself…? Remove only but a single one of those from the equation, and we’d be left with a world that most certainly wouldn’t so much as merely resemble what it actually is here today!
So of course we might wonder why, given an omnipotent divinity capable of all things under the Sun, there’s no singularly dominant faith on this Earth… nor has there ever been such a thing; something that’s been enjoyed by all peoples the whole world over, at any one particular moment in time. The explanation behind such a void is actually rather deceptively simple, in point of fact, and something that was wholly intentional on God’s own part thereabouts.
Now, just try and envision that hypothetical world… one in possession of only but a singly dominant religion. Would it not be the most blandly homogeneous of places, with universal sameness abounding and individuals nary anything besides fundamental clones of one another? Had we therefore been given but a lone single such faith by God, our cultures and societies would be all but identical to each other just now; the all of human civilization nothing save for varying shades of greys (compared to the fantastically diversified rainbow it presently consists of).