The idea of vast and life-like virtual realities has been around for years. Remember Star Trek's holodeck? and the omniscient 'Q' who would manipulate reality for his own amusement? And anyone who has managed to reach the end of the epic six-book saga of Dune, written by Frank Herbert, won't be able to forget the ending that seems to imply an old couple pruning roses in their garden somehow were orchestrating the whole thing. Many fans got upset about the ending, which is funny since the saga is fictional anyway!
To go back to the guys in Silicon Valley. The idea of billionnaires desperately trying to find a way to break out of a virtual world is quite amusing. It sums up a mindset that would spend billions trying to escape, rather than putting their wealth towards looking after the real planet on which we live. And if they could just for a moment sit down, take a breath and allow themselves to experience reality as it is, then they would understand that 'escape' is not necessary. Masters, gurus and yogis have been telling us time and again that the world is an illusion. They've been saying this for thousands of years! Richard Bach wrote about it in an entertaining way in Illusions. The world is not real – but consciousness is. We are part of that consciousness. Don't take it from me – the only way to understand is to experience it.
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