Anthropomorphic God, The Grand Design, String Theory, Many Worlds, Wave Function Collapse, The Theory Of Everything, The Anthropic Principle, etc. are all very well-intended, grand and glorious theories that have become incredibly popular in recent years. However, if you examine these theoretical constructs closely, you will soon find that they are all based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of reality. They fail to take into account an essential factor: You!
Believing that one’s self is a part of the universe is akin to believing in Fate or Destiny. It is a sure-fire sign of a healthy self-image. However, an unhealthy ego cannot perceive itself as something separate from the universe.
This misguided theory of universal determinism leads to the following logical conclusions:
- Everything that happens is pre-determined,
- You have no control over your destiny,
- Your behavior has no impact on the course of events,
- There is no such thing as coincidence,
- You can never be wrong, etc.
These are not comforting ideas. In fact, they can be extremely disheartening. Imagine, for a moment, that you buy into the theory that you are nothing but a meaningless accident, a cosmic mistake. Not only does this make you feel bad about yourself, but it also leads you to question why you were even born, existing in the first place. After all, you cannot change the past, but you also have no influence over the future. This is both frustrating and demoralizing. Not an ideal situation to be in, to say the least.
Fortunately, objective reality does not operate according to the deterministic laws that determine your fate. Instead, it is governed by randomness. Even the most well-oiled machine requires some sort of input in order to function. This input can take many forms, but it must still be supplied at some point in the cycle. It is when this input is applied that the machine begins to behave in a predetermined manner. However, beyond this input, the machine continues to function just as it would if the input had not been applied. In other words, reality is not determined. It is a mosaic of causes and effects, but it is still possible to understand this mosaic and navigate successfully through it.
Determinism Is A Mental Construct
Determinism can be both good and bad. In its good aspect, determinism allows for order and organization. Without it, chaos would reign supreme and nothing would ever get done. The more refined your consciousness, the greater your ethical intuition, and the more you rely on your intuition, the more you will notice a difference between the two. When applied to the physical universe, the theory of determinism is relatively simple: Cause and effect are intertwined. However, when extended beyond the physical, determinism takes on a whole different meaning. When viewed from a higher dimensionality, the universe does not appear to operate according to the rules of cause and effect. It appears, rather, to be operating on some sort of random walk, where each step happens for a specific reason and where each step leads to something new and unique. Every single event is like a little universe in and of itself, and because there is no one true source or master cause, nothing is really happening by chance.
To give you a better understanding of this, let us look at an example. Suppose that you are walking down the street and a person walks up to you and shoots you in the back. Your belief that life is a product of destiny means that you will immediately believe that this event is meaningless and purposeless. Even though your conscious mind knows that there is a reason why you were shot in the back and not in the front, your subconscious mind does not quite buy the premise. Your intuition knows something is amiss and this unsettles your conscious mind, which then begins a process of self-reflection. First, it questions the ethics of the act, then it reexamines the purpose of your life, then it wonders if this was a sign that you are on the right track or on the wrong track, and so on.
Now, it is imperative to point out that this is all pure conjecture and there is no actual proof that the universe is operating according to any sort of higher dimensionality. What we are doing is putting forward a model to explain how you might begin to see things differently. The more you examine this model in detail, the more you will start to notice patterns and correlations that support the hypothesis. This is how you know you are on the right track. The problem is that you have to be open-minded enough to see things this way without being so closed-minded that you blind yourself to evidence that does not support your theory. It is a fine line to walk, but it is entirely possible. The trick is in not being afraid to let your guard down.
Chance Is The Little Bump In The Road
In statistical mechanics, it is well established that a system will take a specific route to reach a specific outcome. This route is more or less pre-ordained and there is little, if any, influence that you, the observer, have over the outcome. In this context, chance is an integral factor. In the above example, you were simply trying to navigate the streets of New York City, an act that you will probably perform many times in your life. However, the particular route that you took is purely accidental and was not guided by any sort of strategic plan. There are infinitely many other ways that you could have gotten to your destination, had you chosen a different street or a different time of day. In fact, the only thing that you, the observer, can say with certainty is that you will take a certain route to get to your destination, which is a route that is going to be populated by many random events, some of which are going to be pleasant and some of which are going to be unpleasant. This is no different from the physical universe. In fact, it is often times quite the opposite. Your ability to look at things from an objective standpoint allows you to see how randomness can have beautiful manifestations.
It Is All A Game
Another way of looking at the world is to see it as a game. This brings with it a whole new set of expectations and possibilities. Instead of looking at life as a series of unfortunate events that you have to navigate through as best you can, you can start to see it as a game where you are in control of the outcome and no matter what happens, you can always choose to see it as funny or as an amusing anecdote. You will start to notice funny coincidences and witty retorts waiting to be made. The universe will become a fascinating place full of infinite possibilities, where even the seemingly impossible becomes possible through the power of imagination. However, this attitude comes with a great responsibility. Just because you can choose to look at things as a game does not mean that you should. The key is in understanding when to apply this perspective and when not to.