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.
One of the larger disconnects separating TekArk from existing religous beliefs comes in dealing with the age old question of an afterlife. Although a point is continually made here to see existing systems of belief as having largely been handed down from a real, literal higher power and so not to casually discard their core concepts…? We also accept the analogy of mankind being like any maturing entity, and those religions intended for a civilization yet in their childhood.
Much as is needed by any child to keep them in line, so too do we find the notion of a proverbial boogeyman here… one promising an eternity of torment -such as a Christian Hell lorded over by the Devil. So then, working off of an acceptance that it is our unique, individual consciousness that is the purpose of our being – the one truly special aspect found in this universe that literally cannot be obtained in any other way, and is surely something of an exceptionally treasured prize even outside of it: Intelligent, self-aware, creative beings who are each and every last one singularly unique in a multitude of different ways.
Furthermore, that the purpose of death is simply marking that identity reaching its “finishing point” much the same as a loaf of bread rising in the oven? We then find our individual beings “freed” from this form and reality, emerging to be joined in something we very much would find to be an eternal paradise (like the idea of Heaven) alongside all others that have ever drawn breath. While we cannot know such a place while we yet live, let alone describe it, if that promised Utopia of Heaven conceivably exists, what then of Hell? Where do those “bad eggs” go, whose conciousness is surely rotten to its core and would only taint any who might come in contact with them?
Well, as much as we all instinctively flee from pain, suffering or generalized anguish, you know what frightens any rational soul even more than that? Simple nonexistence. The sheer thought of not being… it’s almost incomprehensible to us. And it only makes sense, if a higher power seeks to cultivate a host of different individualized intelligent beings, that those wholly bad eggs would be summarily removed from the equation. Here one second, then *poof!* they’ve gone right into the great metaphysical Recycle Bin.
For consider it thusly: There’s, in point of fact, only just so much suffering a mind can take. At a certain point, it’ll simply break one way or the other: It’ll either become used to and adjust to the agony, or more likely still, it will snap into a million pieces – losing all sense, reason, and conceivability. While sure, one supposes such a Higher Power could easily forestall or even outright prevent such a thing… what’s really the point of doing so?
To “punish” them eternally for whatever their transgressions might’ve been on this mortal coil? Kind of a case of too little, too late, it would rather seem, no…? Far easier and more sensible to declare it what it is: An abject failure. There would be no rehabilitation at this point, so why bother? It would never be allowed to rejoin its brethren humanity (nor should it), not if it truly were the worst of the worst.
So what we instead find are the warnings of eternal damnation thousands of years ago as given to a more childlike humankind. This was done to keep us in line, exactly like the proverbial Boogeyman or coal in one’s XMas stocking. It sought to ensure that we had reason to strive for goodness, perhaps more than simple nonexistence possibly could at the time.
Even so, to imagine that one might face total and complete erasure forevermore, compared with an eternity in paradise alongside all others who have lived similarly? One can only think that a good many of us would find that proposition even worse than a forever Hell – where they at least still in some way are.