Do we live in a virtual reality and does it matter?

"There's a billion to one chance we're living in base reality,"

-       Elon Musk

This idea that life is a virtual simulation created by other beings is intriguing.  This life certainly feels real, especially on those days when you're tired and worn down or ill.  However, don’t I know ‘I Am’ because I think or is this “I Am’ also an illusion?  Are we truly living in samsara as described in Hindu and Buddhism? Could the ancient thinkers and philosophers be correct and science is just now catching up?  Is this life just some game?  Does it matter?


The Universe Is Math


All phenomena that we encounter in our lives has a mathematical basis.  All matter from the largest particles to the smallest adheres to physics and math.  It would seem as if life is an endless loop of mathematical equations.  If all matter has to follow the laws of math, then should also our thoughts be ruled by math.  If all matter must follow physics, then we could logically conclude that consciousness must also follow the mathematical properties of matter.   The challenge is understanding what consciousness is.  Are our thoughts matter?  Science tells us that our thoughts are chemical reactions in our brain so it would follow that our thoughts are matter.  What if it all just a bunch ones and zeros in some computer program?  Many scientists have argued that much of the math of matter and light is similar to the math that is used to construct web browsers.  If it follows those equations then maybe we are living in a mathematical construct created by other beings.   




So what does all this ultimately mean?  Does it really matter if we are in a computer simulation?  It is all mystery, and we never receive any permanent answers.  So what do you do?  I recently went to see the movie “Lucky.”  This was Harry Dean Stanton’s last film.  It is a quiet and reflective movie about a person who is reaching the end of his time.  It’s two central themes are impermanence and acceptance.  Two themes which are prominent in Stoicism and Buddhism.  My favorite part of the film is towards the end when Lucky is talking about the great truth of life which is that nothing lasts and it all can seem so meaningless.  When asked, by his friend “what should we do when faced with that reality.”  His answer, “smile.”  It is all you can do.  When life gets challenging and full of sorrow, remember this line and just smile.  If it is a virtual reality, then it is all just a game.  Maybe, it is all just a game even if it is not a virtual simulation.  Enjoy the game while it lasts.


Until Next Time,

Rich Decker – Mindful Accord