If this is just a computer program that we are all living in

If this is just a computer program that we are all living in…and the “real reality” is something much more than this, abiding in a higher dimension, then why wouldn’t it be beyond the realm of possibility that we mean next to nothing to our Creator? If such a Creator decided to just pull the plug one day and eradicate everything, how different would this be from some programmer who decided to abandon their work and leave the machine and program running–and one day it just ends or another programmer comes along to shut it off and make something else?

I have a few extra-sensory experiences of being a part of Love and something bigger than myself that was good. I don’t think I am able to get to faith in an all-loving God solely from scriptures. Even Jesus seems to be constantly threatening those of us who aren’t being very faithful at the moment he returns.

Rationally speaking, it seems most convenient to be an agnostic rather than an atheist. The evidence of misery in our world overwhelmingly points to a kind of God who isn’t interested in interfering in our affairs on a regular basis. There seem to be miracles only at the local level, and they are impossible to replicate. What is the intention of a God who would create a world that behaves a certain way, with certain rules we’ve come to accept as Truth from scientific inquiry, but this same God lives and moves and breathes (your ways are not my ways) in a realm of entirely different laws and “stuff.”

In other words, a computer programmer God. Which, in my estimation, can be vastly more superior to the Deist watchmaker God, but still could be better understood this way.

The reason for approaching God this way comes from watching people like Elon Musk and others talk about designing technology to break them out of the Matrix or keep them from aging. The problem with their thinking is, if you are utterly and completely stuck in a different system than the one in which your Creator lives and moves, you are ultimately at the mercy and whim of your Creator to continue to live, move and breathe in your own system, no matter how much you perfect technologies to upload your consciousness to longer-lasting materials, and redownload them every fifty years into cloned bodies of your original body. At the end of the day, if the Programmer turns off the machine, then that’s the end.

It seems to me that some of these guys, like other New Agey mystical types throughout history, including Crowley and so many would be gurus, actually believe that they can somehow meditate or perform magical rituals to ascend to a God consciousness in which they too become gods. This would be patently absurd–like artificial life teeming in a network like the Internet that becomes self aware and attempts to break out of the Internet into our reality and become human.

If I start from the premise of: I am in some kind of system that was created by a Higher Intelligence, and I am wholly incapable of ever being such an Intelligence, then my purpose should be found solely within the body and brains I was born with. In other words, attempting to augment myself, even through a technology like this one–writing–is getting me away from my ability to directly carry out my mission here on earth. What’s more, my mission may be utterly banal, like passing on my DNA.

On the other hand, if I am benefiting from technology that was wrought from the use of an intellect provided by a Creator, then it would seem to me that I should be capable of incorporating such technology in my overall quest to carry out my mission here on earth.

Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly carrying me where I wanted to go–where I want to go is to a place of utter simplicity–I live a life that is pared down in every way to just the very essential things I should be doing, and I learn to not get caught up in diversions and distractions.

…and it’s time to know your limitations.

You can’t continue to make statements about what is right and wrong, what is good and evil. Did you make these kinds of blanket proclamations of moral absolutes when you were much younger? No, you accepted that others with more experience and worldly knowledge probably knew a thing or two that you didn’t. Of course, the day you restarted your bad poetry writing to impress girls, you discovered how easy it was to take your imagination in any direction toward infinity and arrive at a general conclusion about what reality is or isn’t, without bothering to verify it.

Can you really state with any degree of accuracy that you know for a fact why people are gay, why they believe in God or not, or why they become great community leaders or despicable societal burdens? You used to think you knew these things. That deep enough inside of you, you were just like everyone else, if only they went as deep inside themselves as you did yours. That gays were just people stuck in a stage of arrested development, or claimed the opposite biological sex in a past life. That Atheists rejected their own consciences, and Christians rejected hard scientific data. That great community leaders were often just privileged kids who got their records expunged, and sought out service opportunities for purposes of self promotion. That kids who decided to shoot up movie theaters or schools were possessed by demonic forces, or severed their humanity after completely embracing a materialistic universe.

But every time you meet real people having real problems, you are proved to be mistaken. And, how can you really know what goes through other people’s heads–what factors are environmental, genetic, or from a higher plane of being beyond this one? You can’t know. In fact, you don’t even completely know your own Self in all of its dimensions of complexity. You have a hard time saying from day to day whether a temper outburst was simply caused by a lack of blood sugar or some latent childhood issue.

Within a new framework of constructing your happiness, you must understand completely how your version of Truth is shaped. You may be more inclined to have an open mind about reincarnation than most Christians, and you may be more inclined to believe in a Higher Order of reality than most skeptics and scientists, but this openness to answers from beyond the pat answers this or that tribe would give you isn’t necessarily an indicator of you having access to absolute Truth. It simply means that your waking consciousness is informed by data that other people’s consciousnesses are not.

Let’s agree that you are as imperfectly human as the bumpkin, bubba, hayseed, redneck, etc. you run into at the supermarket. Your memory is a good place to start. How much of two days ago can you remember, without great effort to reconstruct everything? What did you eat for each meal? Did you skip breakfast or have a power bar? Did you come home for lunch or grab fast food? Was dinner eating out at a favorite restaurant or heating up a frozen pizza? You know you had one of these things for any given meal last week, but to confidently state that one took place on Thu vs. Fri is almost impossible without the help of a journal you don’t possess.

With all of the available aids to memory removed from your environment, how much less would you recall? Soon, you might become  no more or less ignorant-seeming than the natives in a remote rain forest. Are these aids to memory great helpers to enabling you to become closer to the Truth, or are they inhibiting your ability to directly access the Universal Mind?

Next, using the memories you do have, attempt to construct a definitive You out of the jumble of moments that pass through your head when you start with earliest memories around the age of three on up to the present. Chances are you, are getting a mixed set of identities. You certainly aren’t that awful, nerdy kid of 11-12 who would probably be diagnosed with Asperger’s today. You aren’t the shy virgin who got more and more depressed throughout college when he found he had no clue how to get a girl to go out on a date with him. You aren’t even the humbled, quiet soul who walked out of the IAH and into Aurelius Software some two and a half years ago. These past three years have seen you change like no other three years since puberty.

In spite of all this, you do have principles, and you have a personality, and you have a point of view and opinions. To some they may seem kind of shifty and ungrounded, but they are strongly pragmatic in nature–what truth works is the truth that you use. The truth that doesn’t hold up to everyday use is abandoned. But, an everyday pragmatic approach to maintaining a sense of Truth doesn’t give you a window into moral absolutes. You know all of the basic evils–the ones every sane person agrees are evil–but you don’t always have the confidence to land squarely in one camp or another when it comes to conversations about abortion, religion, guns, gays, etc. Your opinion is that when one camp so readily dismisses the other for being hopelessly deluded, then the dismissive camp really loses an opportunity to maintain bridges of shared humanity. It should be obvious to anyone who bothers to take a step back and look at the steps an individual took to draw their conclusions that we all build realities off of incomplete information, coupled with unconscious assumptions we’ve long since come to accept because we’ve been assuming them for so long.

None of us has a perfect education. Reading Wikipedia all day long might get you a more advanced view of the world than most people, but it would leave you with none of the life experiences and shared oral information any other given individual might possess.