Well the concept of this post is a little terrifying, and also exhilarating at the same time. This post deals with the possible notion of a supposed simulated universe. Before everyone jumps to the Matrix conclusions. I’d like to veer off from said mythos, and speculate, “What did Neo actually do with the Machine in the Matrix?”. Did he upload himself into the Matrix once again, or did he become the “New Architect”. A mastermind who laid the groundwork for a “New Iteration”? I don’t know for I’m not him, and he’s a fictional character.
Anyways, a thought I’ve been running myself ragged over for awhile now is the notion of “Self-Divinity”. Yes, yes, claiming to be a deity is full of hubris, arrogance, and a whole host of other problems. This post is more or less meant as a thought experiment. Take for instance a notion that as technology becomes more and more advanced leading into a reputed “Technological Omega/Singularity Point”…. what exactly happens (or at least could happen)? A person could become more, and more embroiled in their personal “worlds/fantasies/self-confirmations”. That they stop connecting with “Others”. And a part of me wonders if that is the lauded end goal of “Sentience” (to create more awareness, and better awareness). A sort of cataclysmic rendering where people are lost to their own worlds. A branching point in the world (Multiverse?). After all what are we doing now? Surrounding ourselves by like minds, and personal preferences.
We are embroiled in the concept of Self, and is this a “bad thing”? Consider Jung’s concept of Shadow. It is the aspect that is supposedly refuted by a person, and consists of judgments and the road not taken. In a sense that’d be our ultimate anti-thesis, and foil. At least to whoever we think we presently are. Thus one has to supposedly integrate their shadow, and come to terms with their “repressed side”. Synthesis of Thesis, and Anti-Thesis to generate a new theorem, correct? Isn’t this what we already are though? A Synthesis of a Positive, and Negative elements? A sort of Feminine and Masculine? Tao?
Thus what is a person supposed to do? Realize that they have “all the answers(tm)”, but only for themselves in their own personal context? Sure, why not? It’d make sense to reaffirm the Self after attempting what is essentially “Suicide” (destruction of the Self by the Self). Sure a physical attempt may not have been necessary, but is there a strong difference between some of these constituent parts?
The Self so strongly struggles against its own demise otherwise there wouldn’t be a thing called survival instinct. Otherwise we’d voluntarily walk into the cannonade of mortality. The thing is, that I think a person only comes to terms with morality through experiencing mortality. That it may be a Literal Death, and a Metaphorical Death. Either of the Self directly, or via proxy (a projected Shadow perhaps?). In essence we can Die in another entities schema, and/or be declared insane. Although in our worldview we probably (possibly) are the only sane, and living one. You know an instinctual response to destroy/deter any information that challenges our mentality. The cognitive dissonance?
Thus what is Reality? Is it our own impressions given back to ourselves? An idea that once comforted me was that maybe, just maybe, I was the center of my own universe (narcissistic as hell perhaps), but the notion was extremely reassuring that whenever there’s a new-birth of a conscious entity. It is customary to give to the new generation (think of the Children). They may not look like you, and they may not act like you. Hell they’ll challenge the shit outta you (feedback up the chain), but in the end they are a product of your own personal model (feedback down the chain). They’ll have to realize and accept that. Tear it down as much as they like, and rebuild their own edifice for their own personal utopia. And then the system continues with their own children. What’s not to like? This is what ensures from an evolving/growing system. A seed-point happens, a progenitor who realizes, “Hey this may work, and it works for me….”…, and the next one to witness/see it gets told to do so (Tradition at that point).
In the end though, these are all mental models, and cognitive edifices built by one self (myself) to make sense of a mutable, and ever-changing reality (supposedly). The question for everyone who reads this is, “How is your mental model any different for yourself?”. You take in stimuli from a reputably external (or internal) environment, and you construct the meaning for yourself that you give to yourself. You build your house upon the foundation laid, and given to you via education either personal (autodidact), or formal (College, K-12…etc). And yet, you shall live in that house forever. The decor will change, but in all actuality, does it?