This might sound completely crazy but if Elon Musk is thinking it, it might not be that unrealistic… right?
Elon Musk actually believes that we are living in some sort of simulation. Have you ever played “The Sims” – you know, that game in which you would play around with different characters in a normal American life? Well, turns out that you might be one of those characters.
For a brief entertaining explanation on this, I suggest you watch this YouTube video. You can also see the whole discussion on Reddit as well (filled with quantum physics arguments, spiritual twists and brilliant replies).
Turns out, Elon Musk might be onto something here… beyond the fact that it sounds completely “out there”. In the last decade, quantum physics has evolved so much to the point that it is actually almost opposed to traditional physics. In other words, the “laws” which apply to traditional physics do not apply to quantum physics anymore – although we are talking about experiments which are performed in the same environment, only observed through different lens. This is where the rabbit hole begins…
For example, cognitive scientist Daniel Hoffman believes that we live in some sort of simulation as well. His experiments proved this and the arguments he brings to the table are strong as well as scientific. If you are interested in finding out more and reading a very interesting interview, I recommend reading this article.
We have reached the point at which we cannot truly discard this theory as pure fantasy (just ask any psychedelic user or quantum physicist) but we cannot also wholly believe it because that would completely shatter our belief systems and our lives would be flipped upside down irrevocably.
The question is – how can you benefit from all this information and how does this directly apply to your job and your workspace?
Well, let us look at the obvious things first. Even if this were a simulation, there would still be consequences to our actions – imaginary or real, false or true, it does not matter. In the same time we also know that this “simulation” (or reality, how you want to call it) is temporary – it will end anytime soon and nothing in it has a permanent nature.
On the other hand, all spiritual and religious traditions indicate, in one way or another, that this is only one of the many other existing realms of existence. The Buddhists call reality “Maya” (which means it is an illusion), Christians believe in hell and heaven and so on. Basically, all of them are saying that our reality is just one part of the “big reality” – so in a way it is some sort of simulation.
Which brings us to more thought-provoking questions – what is real and what is not? Just because we can measure it, does it make it real? If we feel something but we cannot see it, is it real? Unfortunately, these are uncomfortable questions because science is not open enough to admit that there is so much that we do not know about reality. It can be a paralyzing realization to understand how little we truly understand and control.
Existential questions aside, how exactly can you use this to be more productive in your workspace and enjoy life more? Well, I guess that the purpose of all these questions is just to shake up the rigid foundation of beliefs we still hold about the world. When we question “reality” as we know it, we make room for the unknown to manifest itself – we open ourselves to a greater and more encompassing perspective on life.
Personally, I think that whatever belief we have should empower us to live more fully. In this case, even suspecting that “reality” might be an illusion to a certain degree feels very freeing to me. Just imagine breaking through all those psychological and emotional shackles which have been binding you for all those years. Would you still hold on to them knowing that reality is your creation? Would you still “play it safe” if you knew that you are living in a vividly-like game?
At your job you can take more risks, assume more responsibility, behave more like a leader and empower people knowing that this “simulation” we are living in is not as “real” as we have been taught. Basically, we are given the freedom to assume more responsibility and create our lives as we please. Is not that the point of life, after all is said and done?
Maybe “reality” is indeed just a “simulation” – or maybe it is not. Maybe Elon Musk and all those quantum physicists are right – or maybe they are wrong. Who knows?
The most important question here is – which answer would give you the most freedom, joy and power? Which one “feels” more true to you and empowers you the most?
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