If you’re expecting this post to make the case that we’re living in a computer-simulated reality, well, sorry to disappoint you. I’m not talking about that kind of simulated reality today.
I’m talking about the colossal gap between your reality and the reality that you’re force-fed.
Even though I don’t know you personally, I would bet you consider a lot of things “real” that simply aren’t. Not real for you, anyway.
Some city on the other side of the globe was bombed.
There’s economic unrest in a country you and yours have never set foot in.
And then there’s every parent’s standby of “The Starving Children of [Poor Country Here]”.
People can go on and on about their “butterfly effect” and “ripples in a pond” until they’re blue in the face. It doesn’t change the fact that none of those events are really real to them.
Don’t believe me? Alright, do me a favor then.
Think of any big, polarizing, politicized news story and ask yourself this simple question:
If you did not have a smart phone, or a computer, or the Internet, or a television, or even a radio…would you even know this event occurred?
Almost 100% of the time, your answer is going to be NO.
Now, if you wouldn’t have even known this event occurred, how much does it actually affect your day to day life? Why should it affect your mental state?
Alright, now do me another favor. Think again of that big news story and ask yourself this simple follow-up question:
Even though you DO likely have a smart phone, or a computer, and the Internet…or a television…or at least a radio…therefore you know an event occurred…can you do anything about that event or affect any real change in those who can?
Surprise, surprise. Almost 100% of the time, once again, your answer is going to be NO.
Forget about “Reality” and start thinking about YOUR Reality.
If something truly doesn’t affect you or your life in any meaningful way, it may as well not exist. If you have absolutely no control over something, and no real ties to the people who do, it may as well not exist.
And no, I don’t mean simulated ties like voting for your preferred political team and their current varsity lineup. If you can’t speak to someone directly, one on one, and hold enough influence to affect their decision, then it doesn’t count.
Why? Because it means you have no power to change the situation. It has nothing to do with you!
If something does not affect you and you have no control over it, then why does it even matter to you?
The ugly, honest, liberating truth is that most things DON’T matter.
If you strip away the layers of behavioral programming, you’ll find that you don’t truly care about most things that occupy your thoughts.
Because they simply don’t matter. They’re not even real for you.
I keep repeating these two things, and there’s a reason to repeat them. It raises yet another question.
If almost everything you think you care about actually isn’t real for you, then what the hell IS real? Are you supposed to be some bitter or misanthropic nihilist, going through your life with a dark cloud over your head?
Of course not. There are a lot of things in life that ARE real for you. Things that DO matter, and you’ll find those things deserve far more attention than you might be giving them now.
With the simple list below, you’ll be able to answer whether or not something is real and important to you and your life. After you identify what’s truly important, you’ll be able to make the most of it.
How to Separate Your Reality From Simulated Reality
Simulated Reality is complex, usually to separate you from your time and money. Occasionally, it’s made unnecessarily complicated in order to cause tensions or create division to keep us fat, dumb, and thinking we’re happy.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is, though, because even the reasons why simulated reality is simulated aren’t real for you.
Not unless you let them be, which I don’t recommend. Instead, you should focus on things with the following four criteria.
#1 – Spending time with your loved ones, and anything that allows you to spend more time with your loved ones.
#2 – Anything that puts money in your pocket, allowing you to buy freedom for yourself and also fund #1, 3, & 4.
#3 – Anything that extends your lifespan, allowing you to spend more time in total on #1, 2, and 4.
#4 – Enriching the legacy you will leave behind when you die, and anything that allows your survivors access to that legacy.
These four things, and ONLY these four things, determine what is worth your time and energy to pursue. These things are real, these things matter.
What’s more, you’d have a much better life if you focused ONLY on these four things instead of penny ante non-issues like athletes kneeling during a song or saving a civilization that isn’t even yours.
That’s all for now, folks. Until next time…