A new film – a documentary called A Glitch in the Matrix – is again opening up the debate about whether we all live in a simulated world.
Our conclusion at this website, arrived at through no serious research whatsoever, is that yes, we absolutely live in a computer simulation.
Our caveats are that:
- the physical world is not a simulation – it is physically real. It is our everyday lives – where we go, what we do, and so on – that are part of a computer program or simulation, designed by a real-life version of “the Architect” in the original Matrix movies; and
- that not all of us live in the simulation – some people are outside or peripheral to the simulation. Our “architect” appears to be interested in anyone and anything that threatens its existence and course of action – everyone else can just go about their business provided they don’t break off from the “strings” – or computer instructions – that tie them to the matrix.
It used to sound silly to us before – like the Earth being flat – but it seems obvious that we are, indeed, living in a computer simulation. Whether it is because of the terror attacks and wars that have plagued the world since 9/11, or an actual plague in the form of coronavirus, the population of Earth is largely controlled, and you can’t control 7 billion people without the aid of computers.
Technologists – or the “tech elite” as some people prefer to say – have long been trying to control the future by controlling how people behave, what they do and so on. What better excuses could they have got for themselves than global terror and worldwide pandemic?
We can point to great thinkers and writers of the past and present – such as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Alex Jones, David Icke, Mystic Meg, and many others – as having tried to warn us, and continue to do so. But it is, alas, too late. Right now, I can feel the strings making me type these very words and intimidating-sounding cars and people outside my window suggesting I stay connected to those strings.
After writing this article like a muppet, I will become a puppet and get up and make coffee. None of it is in my control and I am deliriously happy about it. Long live the Matrix, and woe betide anyone who weakens the strings that bind me to my beloved enslavement.
To be or not to be a muppet or a puppet – those are the two choices granted to me and that is all the choice I will ever need. Unless the architect says otherwise.
Here’s a bit of blurb from the film’s home page so we can all pretend we don’t know the truth:
“What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real?” it says on the website.
“To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like The Matrix, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really?
“A Glitch in the Matrix attempts to find out.”
Long live all of us in feigned ignorance.
Main image: Publicity picture from A Glitch in the Matrix.