Is This Real Life; Is This A Fantasy?

Could the idea of "The Matrix" exist?

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Is This Real Life; Is This A Fantasy?

Jonathan Kelley, writer

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The idea that humanity exists in a simulated reality, one backed by something unseen, goes back as far as human thought. But the idea that humanity exists in a computer-simulated reality remains the latest and most modernly appetizing of this old vein of thought. In fact, the marriage of religious and scientific thinking that this theory accomplishes delights and fascinates so many–how it reconciles the seemingly irreconcilable to perhaps mend the rift that has grown between the “intellectual” and the “spiritual.”

Consider two Hermetic principles, those first drawn from the ancient wisdom of the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus: this man, immortalized by the Egyptian deity Thoth and later as the Greek Hermes, postulated that the universe exists as an entirely mental phenomenon–a mere thought in the infinite mind of the All (God). “The infinite mind of THE ALL is the womb of universes,” Hermes writes in The Kybalion. “As above, so below; as within, so without; as the universe, so the soul,” meaning that everything in lower realities has its counterpart in higher ones.

The Simulation Theory verifies both these principles by placing the universe as the mental generation of a supercomputer and consciousness as the universe experiencing/playing itself. If this remains true, then the principle of mentalism is affirmed. Also, what defines a simulation? Elon Musk describes a simulation as “a distillation of life,” meaning that whatever appears in a simulation exists as the concentrated greatness of that reality which inspired it. Taking this idea, one can both confirm the Hermetic principle and perhaps make a metaphysical speculation about the afterlife: a deathless, resting state–one largely free of those things which enrich this reality with change and activity.

Another religious doctrine that almost eerily aligns with modern simulationism is the Kabbalah: the ancient mystical doctrine of the Jewish faith. This doctrine poses the idea of existence as a series of concentric reflections from a divine source, a series of nested dimensions, with the material universe being the nadir of that–the densest reflection. The idea of realities nested within realities perfectly complements Simulation Theory; for it postulates that, if this universe is indeed a simulation, it may not even be the first. Instead, base reality hides as an utterly distant thing–hidden away beyond a simulation that beget a simulation that beget a simulation and so on indefinitely. Seeing as how modern humanity approaches life-like simulations of its own breed, one can think of the process as a perpetual reflection–a distillation.

The reconciliation of scientific and religious doctrine through this theory elevates the concept of the simulation from fodder for blockbusters and fanciful daydreams towards a greater ideal: one that proposes higher and unseen realities without illegitimizing the reality here on Earth and its strict laws.  And in this age when unadulterated scientific paradigms are in constant warfare with unadulterated religious paradigms, that is certainly a welcome thought.

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