I am speaking from the perspective I developed growing up: that the world is a naturally occurring mass forged from the fires of hydrogen and molten compression followed by a lengthy progression. A world where life is created through random chance and death comes just as indiscriminately. A land of intense competition where lifeforms struggle to survive.
I maintained that perspective for several decades in fact. At least where I was from, it seemed the standard opinion of the day. I dismissed contemporary opponents of that idea as backward brutes clinging to primitive ideas, simple-minded folk refusing to accept the clearcut evidence before them. And I thought people of ages past were just as primitive in their superstitions.
But eventually I found this perspective too dour. Survival of the fittest is a stress-inducing concept. If you’re not strong enough, you’ve no right to live. And even if you make it through one competition, an endless succession of challengers await. Then there’s diseases just waiting to ravage the body, micro-organisms constantly trying to consume us from within. And of course there’s the randomness of accidents that can alter our course forever.
So I just couldn’t maintain that perspective anymore, it was too hard and I gave up. But as mentioned, I did not grow up with a religious background, the iconography and ideas seemed foreign and off-putting to me. So when I heard about the simulation theory, that this life is likely a computer simulation, a virtual-reality, things started to make sense. Aha, I get it.
By seeing the world from this computer generated perspective, I could suddenly understand what much of the religious stuff meant. I could see that humanity has been discussing this exact topic in every age, yet they used imagery and analogies that made sense in their time. In our time, for those of us immersed in technology, virtual-reality becomes a more relatable example.
So when I looked at the world from a viewpoint of virtuality, writings such as the Dhammapada, the Bhagavad Gita, and the book of Matthew in the Bible made sense. They too discussed the nonmaterial nature of this world. Philosophers have also been pondering this matter ad infinitum. It’s quite clear that something artificial is going on here and that people have always noticed.
Yet, there appears to be little consensus. Everyone has their own opinion about what’s going on. This is likely because the world actively obfuscates its foundation, preventing inhabitants from staring too long in a single spot lest they figure it out. My own assumption is that the world performs this concealment benevolently as a means to entertain its audience.
And that’s how someone with an irreligious background came to embrace the spiritual nature of existence. I’ve gone 180 degrees in fact, from believing only in what my senses could perceive to believing my senses perceive no truth at all. Life is a fictional experience, a dream-world, a funhouse built for fright and delight.
And when I embraced the virtual nature of reality, life got easier. A lot easier. I stopped worrying for instance. I don’t concern myself with mysterious medical issues or impending doom of any sort. I don’t need to struggle or even compete. I do what makes me happy while attempting to create a pleasant atmosphere for those around me. Everything I had feared existed solely within my imagination, I just changed my focus and started concentrating on the things I enjoy. And lo and behold, life was much easier than I ever thought.