An Objective Reality
The phrase “an objective reality” has entered the lexicon. In the past reality was thought to be something solid, something you could kick, like tires, and it would stay put. Then we realized the molecules doing the kicking could perceive something different than the molecules inside the tire. So objective reality became what we could measure that both perspectives could define and agree about.
What happens when the only reality that is objective enough to be agreed upon is itself a created artifact? What happens when people believe an electronic version of reality over what they can feel? At a small scale, the temperature on the thermometer gets believed over perceived hotness or coolness to indicate fever. At larger scale we believe what computers say about who has when money or who voted, verified. Now it seems like as long as everyone plays be the rules we can agree on “an objective reality”. One of many.
Different worldviews are allowed to create different objective realities. We’ve learned how every reality can be hacked. We haven’t learned well to detect the hacking in any of them. Sometimes it seems the same types of hacks work over and over again in different generations of technology. Herein lies a benefit of age: the recognition of familiar patterns in new media.
Our lifespans have been roughly a century for a several millennia at least. If the efforts at extending age merely increase it by one order of magnitude, and we seems to have found genes that might be a part of the recipe to do that, would we get wiser? Or merely more foolish? Do books with multiple millennia of wisdom have something to say today?
Is all perceived reality in face an artifact of God’s imagination, like a video simulation.
From a Christian reality, when we say that Christ was the transition point to letting the Kingdom come on earth, did that mean we’d get the technology to reverse the effects of the fall that caused lifespan to shorten? If we did, would we then have access to the wisdom to enable more of the kingdom come, and hasten Christ’s return?