Life is But a Simulation
by Andrew Rutajit – 2017
What if, when you die, you actually wake up surrounded by a group of close friends…one of them holding a small glass pipe in front of your face asking, “Did you feel anything?”
I grew up loving the cliché, Life is But a Dream. Today, the new tag line is something more like, Life is But a Simulation. If you consider the trajectory technology is on today, we are on a direct path to the creation of a virtual experience so realistic, we will not be able to differentiate between that experience and real life. You should visit the website TheVoid.com or watch their short video HERE for a good example of the direction we’re headed. The Void is the answer to the question: What happens when the game Laser Tag or paintball meets virtual reality?
THE VOID takes you beyond the limits of reality into a rich immersive experience where you can connect with others, while engaging all your senses. By combining a physical set with real-time interactive effects and going beyond virtual reality, THE VOID lets you not only watch a movie or play a game, but to live inside it, creating unforgettable experiences and memories.
If you consider the idea of looking into the future just five-hundred years from now, what you may see is a network of several billion gamers sitting in their homes, literally playing what we so often refer to as The Game of Life. A game of strategy where one will not be able to differentiate between the game and real life. If the Game of Life were but a dream, such an experience could last only thirty minutes and feel like a lifetime. If there exists a possibility of this happening, and it seems logical to suggest there does, the odds of us being in the base reality that originally created it all are billions to one. And when you add to this equation the fact that in the future, we living inside the simulation, would be creating a simulation within the simulation, the mere notion that we are living in the original baseline reality that started it all is ridiculous. We would be living in a multi-verse of a near infinite fractal of simulations all running simultaneously, each with a different version of you walking a different path.
Your path in life is made by walking your path, no one else will ever walk the same path you are on. Your path is more like the wake behind a boat than a path someone else can follow. One thing we should all come to realize, whether this is a dream or a simulation or base reality, is this: We are simultaneously flying solo and we are all in this together. We can choose to help others make their dreams come true or turn their life into a living nightmare. No one gives you a rule book or instructions for this Game of Life. We learn the rules by playing the game and all too often, we make the rules up as we go.
“Traveler, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.
Traveler, the path is your tracks
And nothing more.
Traveler, there is no path
The path is made by walking.
By walking you make a path
And turning, you look back
At a way you will never tread again
Traveler, there is no road
Only wakes in the sea.”
― Antonio Machado
The rules of the game are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Being a skilled gamer in this Game of Life seems to have something to do with harnessing the ability to differentiate between shit and Shinola. This fast-food-high-fructose-GMO world we live in has clouded the history of our relationship with shamanic plants and mushrooms. This is important because these entheogens were once the ingredients in brews and teas used in sacred rituals, initiations and rights of passage. They don’t keep you on a certain path, but they can set off you in the right direction. Today, these forbidden fruits make the psychedelic explorers seem more like hackers, hacking the Game of Life. Like most Easter eggs within a video game or a movie, these virtual Easter eggs in the Game of Life are well hidden. They are typically forbidden and in the case of Psilocybe mushrooms, they are found in the most peculiar of places…like growing on the dung of cattle. The psychonauts are the ones with direct access to the hidden Easter eggs in the game and they can use these tools to the betterment of our selves and the lives of others if we respect them and use them properly.
Alan Watts once put it this way:
I wonder, I wonder what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream and you would of course be able to alter your time sense, and slip, say 75 years of subjective time into 8 hours of sleep. You would, I suppose, start out by fulfilling all your wishes. You could design for yourself what would be the most ecstatic life — love affairs, banquets, dancing girls, wonderful journeys, gardens, music beyond belief.
And then after a couple of months of this sort of thing, of 75 years a night, you’d be getting a little taste for something different. And you would move over to an adventurous dimension, where there was sudden dangers involved, and the thrill of dealing with dangers. And you could rescue princesses from dragons, and go on dangerous journeys, make wonderful explosions and blow them up. Eventually get into contest with enemies. And after you’ve done that for some time, you’d think up a new wrinkle to forget that you were dreaming. So you’d think it was all for real, and to be anxious about it. Because it’d be so great when you woke up, and then you’d say, well, like children who dare each other on things, how far out could you get? What could you take? What dimension of being lost, of abandonment of your power, what dimension of that could you stand? You could ask yourself this ‘cos you know you’d eventually wake up.
Then, you would get more and more adventurous and you will make further and further out gambles as to what you would dream. Finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you’re actually living today. That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have – of playing that you weren’t God. Because the whole nature of God according to this idea is to play that he’s not.
So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God a politically, kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self – that deep down basic whatever there is. And, you’re all that. Only you’re pretending you’re not.