The system is all around us. We exchange and contribute within its architecture, its laws of operation. We are comprised of the same essential form.
The simulation idea.
What follows is conjecture, but allows us to imagine a new way to frame reality. Picture a sufficiently advanced civilisation that possessed the agency to create a simulation which reflects a past state of the human condition, their own existence, or a conceptual world in which holographic pawns or players in a waltz of light and shadow represent a simulated environment. Computer simulations are becoming intertwined with VR technology. It will not be long before the lines start to blur.
In the Star Trek episode ‘Ship in a Bottle‘, a simulated character from a Sherlock Holmes novel, Professor James Moriarty, turns sentient and eventually threatens the ship through his megalomania. In a saving throw, the crew trap Moriarty in a data core; he believes he is genuinely escaping the ship when in fact he is inside a micro-simulation. Is it so implausible to think that we might be similarly deluded projections?
In fact, based on our current advancement in the realm of photorealistic virtual reality the chances that AI are managing our lives borders on inevitable in Elon’s view. If the potential for us to be in a simulation is between one and infinity, the chances of us being at the base position of an endless array is miniscule.
If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable. – Elon MUsk
The obvious question of course is what is the purpose of this simulation?
Winners and losers.
Consider for the sake of argument that this realm of existence is a game. In the confines of the board we inhabit, we have free will to exercise our decisions. Even if the concept of free will is flawed, it serves us to believe in it – lest we exist in absentia. Regardless of the brain’s decision-making, it’s vital to internalise the concept that we carve our own path.
It would stand to reason that there is something for us to achieve, the parameters of which contingent on our personal views. Winning a game hinges on a mixture of strategy and tactics. It helps to know the rules and to acquire the most resources or best equipment. We instinctively approach life in terms of accumulation.
In gaming terms, after a while improvement becomes masturbatory ‘stat-padding’ behaviour. From our individual inception we begin to pad our stats. A STEM degree might be a flat boost to knowledge. An athletic endorsement might be a gain in power. While flippant, we are all reflections of stats and depending on how we boost those stats determines how we might succeed at a given task. Scott Adams defines humans as “moist robots”, able to be programmed at will through our behavioural patterns and neuroplastic brains and suggests that learning a new skill “doubles our chances of success”.
A MMORPG player grinding a raid a hundred times to craft one piece of legendary loot is no different in practice to a dedicated entrepreneur investing thousands of hours into a concept for an app. For the manifestation of increased power or increased wealth, it’s still a matter of gathering resources and improving our stats.
Defining the system.
The system is bigger than me or you, it is bigger than your perception of it and it is much bigger than the extent of human knowledge. Though we can only affect variables on our corporeal plane of existence; the lifestyle we promote, our habits, our interests and the people that we allow into our lives.
The system is designed to move from a state of disorder to increased disorder. A society bent towards continual growth is inherently an unsustainable system. Games also accelerate in this manner. After the hard-fought tiers of challenges we reach the final level to discover the difficulty has been raised to maximum. When you reach the later levels in your own life, I’d think you would make sure your stats have been maxed out.
The reason the ‘red pill’ analogy is so prevalent from the 1999 film the Matrix is it adequately summarises the wealth of truth that is obscured from the vast majority of the population. How many know much about society in deep intricate terms? The shadow men, the corruption of social media, the press narratives, the propagandised language and Orwellian news manipulation.
The masses are not ready for the truth and it tends to be the fiercest of rationals, or thinkers, that can handle it. Above all else – even sentiment – the truth is more important to such types. Even if that truth is unbearably grim it beats the bread and circuses roundabout of turning a blind eye. The world is a system. A system of rules where people will serve their purpose within the construct.
Surrounding us, every day, are people that fulfil their roles within the system. Understand that the vast, overwhelming majority are locked on their course, fixated on what the senses observe. They are not capable of questioning the nature of the beast that they unquestionably serve. Many are genetically imprinted with a preference to take the world as it comes. In the Matrix, there is a minor percentage of humans that do not accept the Matrix as a believable world and so Zion, a contingency program, handles this anomalous problem. We have chosen to rebuff the blueprint imposed upon us.
If you are sympathising with the theme of this post, you are also in this minor percentage. You will never be satisfied fitting in as a cog in the machine. The path laid out for you prompted revulsion, but perhaps you could not bring clarity to this feeling. You want something different — you are someone different.
Agents of the system.
Everyone who is not like you is a potential agent. Those enemies in wait are dependent on the matrix for purpose, for sustenance, for instruction and fulfilment. It commands them to jump and they ask how high. The pro-EU march in London earlier today against Brexit is an example of the compliant population bowing to the narrative like obedient slaves. Have those people considered the implications of unshackling from the bureaucratic bumbling of Brussels long-term? Do they care that democracy has prevailed? Such things do not matter to them. They do not matter to the #NotMyPresident malcontents either.
Attempting to free these people from their shackles will invite resentment, assuring your outsider status. It’s for this reason that all men must learn to adapt to their environment. Evoking the awareness that someone has squandered their potential will incur a turbulent reaction. Inaction proves the better course of action. There is great power behind an enlightened perspective and imposing ours is one way to incite the mob.
Most wish to be told how to act and shown how they can rationalise their blind adherence to the state. The woman in the red dress in the above video symbolises our penchant for distraction; sign up for Netflix, fanatically follow a sports team, eat out of convenience, embrace hedonism and live for the highs. Experience no hardship, for an easy life. There will be no growth and do not expect to feel the unparalleled satisfaction of concrete achievement. You’ll never need to, the next high is around the corner.
There is no spoon.
There are no limits on our mental perception. There are however fixed protocols within our Matrix i.e. just because you can imagine yourself as a shark doesn’t mean it can be materialised. Crucially, for all other matters our imagination and vision is our greatest resource in defining a different existence.
In the above, Neo meets a gifted child who can bend spoons with his mind. The child informs Neo that trying to bend the spoon is foolish; instead imagine “there is no spoon”. Neo realises at this point that his existence is no different to the spoon’s existence; code can always be rewritten, modified and shaped to the programmer’s will.
Imagination is powerful as it has no limitations. If we are all representations of code, how different are atoms & particles from any other universal component? With this idea, everything is malleable. We can materialise what we truly desire into our lives by creating it as a mental image first, affixing it dearly, and then witnessing it materialise. The mechanism of how is not important, but it serves us to know that whatever the mind trains itself on it tends to attract.
Recall a time when you have persisted with a vision in your mind and it was realised to your astonishment. That was not a measure of luck or an exceptional circumstance; it is a reflection of our programming. What some might call the law of attraction. There is one caveat: the intent must be sincere.
Our matrix is a system, and that system is our enemy. Our likeminded friends and associates are our allies but they will always be few and far between. The problem for the agents of the matrix is they either cannot or will not exercise their ability to choose. We can, so we must play to win.