‘Are we living in a computer simulation?’
‘The question seems absurd. Yet there are plenty of smart people who are convinced that this is not only possible but perhaps likely.’
‘In an influential paper that laid out the theory, the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom showed that at least one of their possibilities is true: 1) All human like civilizations in the universe go extinct before they develop the technological capacity to create simulated realities; 2) if all civilizations do reach this phase of technological maturity, none of them will bother to run simulations; 3) advanced civilizations wold have the ability to create many, many simulations, and that means there are many ore simulated worlds than non-simulated ones.’ Vox
I was the Ari Melber news show last Friday and he asked two of his panelist what they thought the probability of this hypothesis was…and they answered on a scale of 1 – 10…5! Ari responded that 5 seems high to him!
I think that anyone who has lived much of life…would find this hypothesis incredible! If no other reason than the mountain top joys and the deepest valley sorrows that they have experienced during their walk back to Jerusalem.
When Reverend Archer pronounced Mary Jane…man and wife and I held my new wife’s hand on March 28, 1978…that was no computer program!
When I fed my first son Aaron his first bottle and marveled at his perfection and admired his little blue knit hat…that was no computer program!
When our second born son, Jonathon, jumped out of his crib. laughing an uproarious laugh, and scampered across the floor…that was no elaborate computer program!
When Christ said…follow me…that was no simulation!
Now as far as understanding God’s mysterious creation and the infinite majesty of it…we have not even started!
Here is a question…how do we ignore the poor and the needy and the hungry among us and somehow blame the immigrant who’s is walking untold miles, with their little children and their babies in tow, to flee persecution and danger and death?
I watched two movies on Netflix last night that covered the former Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Reich is a brilliant man and a teacher and a scholar and an advocate for the poor. He illustrated in his documentaries that the majority of the riches in the United States is held by 400 people. No, you did not misread….400 people! The middle class is being increasingly squeezed out of existence and the poor…wonder where their next meal is coming from. Wages for the middle class have been flat since the 1970’s and in fact have decreased in purchasing power. Reich pointed out that when he first came to Washington D.C. in the late 1960’s that the city of our Government, ‘was a bit seedy.’
Robert Reich soon discovered that lobbyist were beginning to work, behind the scenes, to limit and form legislation to the companies likening that they worked for. This has gravitated to the fact that companies often wright the legislation that they want passed by the congress…and they dutifully pass it!
Reich contends that there is no reason that anyone who is working full time in the United States should not be able to achieve a middle class life style.
Why do we continue to blame the poorest among us for our social and economic maladies?
Since the 1970’s money has flowed upwards and wages for the working middle class has become flat and lost purchasing power.
‘CEOs made 287 times more money last year than their workers did.’
‘Unsurprisingly, the gap is obscene. The average chief executive of S&P earned 287 times more than their median employee last year, …’
‘American CEOs earned a staggering $14.5 million in 2018, on average, compared to $39,888 that rank and file worker made. And CEOs got $500,000 bump compared to the previous year, while the average US worker barely got more than $1,000.’ Vox
Reich pointed out that governments control how free markets operate. It is a myth that free market economies operate irrespective of their governments!
When we arrive in the next life that the creator has planned for us…we will be shocked and amazed at the truth of the real after life as opposed to our earthly preconceived notions! I believe that it will seem so logical and yet so hidden from our earthly and human understanding.
‘Roger look beautiful. He looked really beautiful. I don’t know how to describe it, but he looked peaceful, and he looked young.’
‘The one thing people might be surprised about- Roger said that he didn’t know if he could believe in God. He had his doubts. But toward the end, something really interesting happened. That week before Roger passed away. I would see him talk about having visited this other place. I thought he was hallucinating. I thought they were giving him too much medication. But the day before he passed away, he wrote me a note: ‘This is all an elaborate hoax.’ I asked him, ‘Whats a hoax?’ And he was talking about this world, this place. He said it was all an illusion. I thought he was confused. He wasn’t visiting heaven, not the way we think of heaven. He described it a a vastness that you can’t even imagine. It was a place where the past, present, and future were happening all at once.’ Chaz Ebert