Nov 1, 2006

The matchstick struck

DEEP THOUGHT, the supercomputer created by novelist Douglas Adams, got there first, but now the astronomer royal has caught up. Professor Sir Martin Rees is to suggest that “life, the universe and everything” may be no more than a giant computer simulation with humans reduced to bits of software.

I suppose I wasn't too far off when I wondered if this universe could be a product of a man in another dimension striking a match to light his cigarette. The big bang occurs as the match flares up, the universe ages as the man lights his cigarette, and then comes the end of the universe, when the match is lit out.

It may not be too difficult to imagine a possibility where by the Matrix is a reality or the earth being a small lab experiment to see how conscious beings develop in a specific environment. The possibilities are endless.

Imagine a world where every man and woman asked the question about creation, existence, purpose, and other unknowns that surround mankind... Would humanity progress, would civilizations flourish, would there be development? Human beings have been asking these questions for as long as the recorded history goes. There have been thinkers who have tried to address these questions in their own way, with the knowledge that any explanation they present would be incomplete.

And these great men, who pondered through their lifetimes, to realize in the end that they are incapable of finding an answer, created God. The creation of God was the one word answer to all that was unanswerable.

The solution worked marvelously, and had a great many effects most of which, these wise men had never imagined. As the stories surrounding God evolved, wars were waged to establish ideologies. Guidelines for living were chalked out. A new social structure emerged which rewarded those who enforced these guidelines. Thought and perception of being as we know has since been irreversibly altered.

We have come a long way since. We have created science. We have augmented our senses, and expanded the horizon of our perceptions. And yet, our thoughts still tend to run on the established rails.

I long for that day when we can break free ... and think beyond ... wonder why... I wonder...

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