a reply to: Starhopper
If we are in a simulation, does it mean that nothing we do matters?
Now I do have some sympathy for the idea that our universe may be a simulation of some sort - and I found your theory interesting, quite close to
thoughts i have had at one time or another. However, your comment as quoted above made me realise that the Simulation Theory as espoused by
scientists in these modern times, might ultimately be used by evil people as justification for evil actions, by intimating that nothing has any actual
consequence, because everything will be taken care of by the AI, etc, we may reincarnate at some future point in the simulation, or everyone may just
be awoken 'when the starships arrive'. My personal belief is that even if we are in a simulation of a simulation - at some level or another is an
'organic' reality, which is completely determined by God, and therefore at the time of our death, our consciousness would be translated out of this
simulation into the 'real world' of Heaven, and therefore, even if this is a 'meaningless simulation', our thoughts, words & deeds are of consequence
in the grander scheme of things because the Supreme God in the organic universe would have supreme control over all layers of reality which may have
been created by his originally created, 'organic, real-world' sentient creatures (which may have done some role play as 'gods' within this
A bit like the way the movie Source Code indicates that even though the protagonist's character is nearly brain-dead, cast as detective in a
confusing, brief simulated universe, which repeats over & over again - ultimately, he is successful in averting the catastrophe which should have
ended the simulation, and he discovers that even though the simulation wasn't actually 'real' to begin with, the psychological investment he has put
into it, has made it REAL in a true sense. So that is to say that, wherever SENTIENCE can be found, REALITY follows (an awakening into sentience then
grows exponentially between characters, perhaps) - the hierarchic structure of organic reality takes over & shapes the transition to organic spiritual
connection of the sentient life within the formerly simulated reality, perhaps indicating that salvation is ultimately shaped by compassion, from
beyond the technological confines of their existence.
NB - The Matrix series also hinted at this 'ultimately real world, beyond the real world, beyond the simulated world', layered reality system. The
Watchowski brothers had initially planned to present this aspect of the ending of the series in far more depth than we actually saw in the franchise -
the executive producers & financiers instructed that instead it be dumbed down a bit, and so that's what we got. Now whether they did this to avoid
confusing the audience, or to prevent the seeds of a certain philosophy from developing, who knows...