Darkness

June 13th 2020

“In a spiral galaxy, the ratio of dark-to-light matter is about a factor of ten. That’s probably a good number for the ratio of our ignorance-to-knowledge. We’re out of kindergarten, but only in about third grade.” Vera Rubin.

We have come so far in our knowledge of the Universe that we have encountered darkness. What Vera Rubin and, before her, Fritz Zwicky discovered was that there, in that immense Universe in which we live, there is something that we cannot contemplate. Something of colossal proportions. Because, according to current calculations, dark matter makes up no less than 22 percent of the mass of the observable Universe. If we add to this the fact that dark energy reaches the colossal proportion of 74 percent, the result is that we only see 4 percent of the Universe. In the face of these figures we can state, contradicting Vera Rubin, that humanity has not yet left kindergarten.

A mixture of arrogance, laziness and, perhaps, fear, seem to combine harmoniously so that, after discovering that we live surrounded by immense darkness, we ignore the conclusion that we also live in that darkness. And something more disturbing: we are darkness.

Energy and dark matter do not come only and mainly to question the fundamentals of physics, but those of our deepest sense of reality. That is why we refuse to question our cosmovision and, moreover, to draw the consequences for our personal, real and everyday life of the fact that we do not know what is and what is in the ninety-six percent of the world around us, what events come from and find an explanation there and, most terribly, what is that 96% of ourselves made up of dark matter and dark energy.

Only the fact that we are dark can, in turn, explain the fact that we continue as if such a thing after discovering that we are blind living in darkness. Or, worse yet, only a blind man living among the blind is unable to discover and accept his own blindness, even after knowing that he lives surrounded by darkness.

Because those things and dark forces that make up 96% of our world and that we can only detect indirectly must affect us directly. Until now we have only been able to discover the invisible presence of that immense portion of reality in the distant cosmos, but not in our immediate physical environment, nor, even less, in the realm of our lives. And, perhaps, this is because we are focusing the issue wrongly and are not able to change our mental perspective to discover the effects of the dark world in our lives.

The proportions of darkness are suspiciously around the same percentage: 90% dark matter and energy, unconscious life or junk DNA. Undoubtedly, this dark world in which we live is present in all human existence and, although our faith in Science makes us believe the opposite, the truth is that we do not really know the causes that determine why some concrete events occur and not others.

Scientific explanations are based on invariable rules, laws that are always fulfilled. And what this indicates is that we build our knowledge on theoretical explanations based on that which does not vary. We explain the immense variability of the world based on the shadows of invariance that we discover through the scientific method. But the invariance, what is repeated in a majority of events, does not explain at all why that particular event has occurred in that particular way. And again, that proportion of darkness. Is it possible that the variability of the concrete events that we cannot explain means a percentage close to that 90%?

Of all the things you have lived in the last 24 hours, how many do you remember? 10, 5, 2%? Are we that barely 5% of consciousness or that 95% of unconscious life? Is that dark subject our true self? Is he the one who feels, desires, decides and acts? Well, the most avant-garde science, the one that uses the technological precision to look for zones of variability and not invariable constants, answers that yes, that we are that invisible character that lives inside the darkness that composes 96% of the world. Consciousness, in this case, would be nothing more than a minority activity in the performance repertoire of “ourselves”. And yet, we live in that consciousness, in that barely 4% of the visible world.

But we still have a much more interesting reflection that will shed light on the nature of the immense darkness that surrounds and shapes us. What is the percentage of “visible” activity of a computer? How much of the processing is shown in the form of information? How much of everything that happens in a computer is what we see? What is the computer percentage of a simulation game that we can see… or the characters of that simulation game? 4%? Maybe less.

The proportions of darkness in our world and our lives do not correspond to what a real world should be.

We live in a realistic illusion that makes us contemplate that, at most, 10% of the visible Universe or conscious life as if it were a complete world and a complete, full, real life. But it is not, although the illusion works. We do not doubt that we live in a real world… Exactly as it would happen with the characters of a simulation game that would be provided with an algorithm that imitates the sensation of full life that the inhabitants of the real world have during 100% of their existence and not our 5%. We call that algorithm consciousness. And it is the great computer trick on which the simulated world in which we live is based. A world that the philosophy and the science of vanguard, focusing not to the certainties and the indubitable prejudices but to that darkness where the immense variability resides, is discovering us: We live in a simulated Universe. We are characters of a “computer game”.

We live in the bright darkness of the machine. We are designed not to discover the deception. That’s why unraveling the virtual nature of our world is extraordinarily difficult. But not impossible. We will have to look at the most everyday things from a radically different perspective, trying to discover the “mistakes” of the game, the most subtle clues, the most anodyne coincidences, the tiny nuances that escape our usual way of perceiving, thinking, and feeling.

This is a challenge typical of the most complex police network. A process of initiation in which every idea, every reasoning must be complemented with 90% of interior illumination, of imagination exercise, of alternative meditation, of work. It takes a lot of work to break down the algorithmic, digital sequence that shows us the world as a dense, analogical, continuous reality… To see what our design is not capable of. To transcend our ethereal nature. To touch the finger of our creator.

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