28-04-2024
6 minutes

The Mysterious Observer: the Almighty or Big Brother? – Part 3

In Part 2, I discussed additional dimensions related to observation. In this final part, I would like to return to the question posed in the title: is the Observer the Almighty, or more like a Big Brother? My view is that these are not mutually exclusive. We can—and, in my opinion, are—subject to observation on various levels, and our lack of full awareness of this is due to the limitations to which we are subject.

 

More Humility

A key limitation we face relates to what I discussed in Part 2: the level of our current knowledge. Our brains struggle—it’s understandable 😊—to “imagine” a world that goes beyond the laws of science and concepts we know. If we accept that as humanity, we still know more about what we don’t know than what we do, then it turns out that in our reasoning about the world, we omit many different options that—if our spectrum of understanding of laws and principles were broader—we would undoubtedly consider. In this respect, we are similar to 15th-century people who could not imagine a heliocentric model of the world. We also have difficulty imagining a reality that goes beyond what we know. There are many possible aspects of the universe that we currently ignore. Before the invention of the microscope, bacteria or viruses did not exist in our conceptual space, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist! Similarly, there’s much that our perception and scientific apparatus do not currently capture.

It’s worth noting that our perception—based on the functioning of our senses—is selective. Each human sense—vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—is adapted to perceive specific types of stimuli within a particular spectrum. For example, the sense of sight allows us to perceive light in wavelengths ranging from about 380 to 740 nanometers, corresponding to the spectrum of colors from violet to red. The rest of the electromagnetic spectrum, including ultraviolet, X-rays, microwaves, and radio waves, is invisible to the human eye. Human hearing can detect sounds with frequencies from about 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Sounds below the lower limit are called infrasound, and above the upper limit—ultrasound. Both types of sound are used by some animals but are inaudible to humans. Various devices—such as thermal cameras or ultrasound equipment, etc.—allow us to expand our areas of understanding, but this doesn’t mean we’ve learned everything.

Given what we know and don’t know, we should show much more humility. Along with that comes the understanding that the scenario of not just one, but perhaps even several observers, is quite plausible. Observers who, due to their superior understanding (and control) of the laws that govern our universe, can know us better than we know ourselves. They also have a deeper understanding of what our world really is (such as, for example, whether it’s just an illusion 😊) and the role we play in it as a civilization and as individuals. This is related to the fact that they have a much broader perspective than ours (I wrote about the role of perspective in “Perspective: The Key to a Better Understanding of Reality“).

 

Practical Lessons

Assuming that we are being closely observed, the question arises: can and should we do anything about it? Here are some conclusions I draw based on what we know (or don’t know 😊) about observation:

  • We should not be concerned with external observers and focus instead on the extent to which we ourselves are observers of our own lives, in both external and internal dimensions. This, in my view, is the most effective way to broaden the previously mentioned perspective.
  • In particular, we need to direct more attention to our inner world. It is in its depths that our beliefs, emotions, desires, and intentions are formed, which then manifest in our external experiences. Becoming aware of this process is the first step toward living a more complete, conscious life.
  • Focusing on the inner world opens up the possibility of more consciously shaping the reality in which we live. This is not a process that happens overnight—it requires patience, perseverance, and constant work on ourselves. However, the results of this work are invaluable, leading us toward greater freedom by freeing ourselves from the “programs” embedded in us.
  • With the achievement of inner freedom comes the ability to neutralize (at least partially) the influence of all forms of “Big Brother”—external observers who seek to control and manipulate us based on the “programs” we fall victim to. By achieving a deep understanding of our own inner world, we gain tools to minimize the influence of external forces, preserving our autonomy and independence. We reach a level of freedom that is hard to take away from us through technology.
  • We should use the concept of the Observer to reflect on our world. It can serve as a mirror in which humanity as a whole can see itself (see “What Do Aliens Think of Us?“). This confrontation should lead us to deep reflections on our nature, our past, and the future of our civilization. It becomes easier to make key choices, such as those related to technological progress.

Game over?

In conclusion—at least for now 😊—I would like to encourage a moment of reflection on the duality of our role in the world: the observed and the observer. In particular, focus on the latter. Just as in quantum physics, the observer determines the outcome of the experiment, it is likely that the observer determines the outcome of the game called “our life.” If we deny our role as observers, we essentially give up influence over its outcome (leaving it to the “program”). A sign that this is happening in our lives is the constant repetition of the same patterns, meeting the same types of people, and recurring beliefs like “I’ve seen this before.” This situation means we keep repeating the same level (stage) of the game without making any real progress. You can be stuck like this for a lifetime, reaching the end without having any idea what it was all about.

It is different when we become attentive observers. We begin to perceive the events that occur in our lives as a kind of artifact. We start to gain “new powers” from them, allowing us to move to the next, higher level. With this approach, our attitude toward life changes completely. What starts to dominate is CURIOSITY—curiosity about what each day will bring and how what happens can be used to gain power. There’s also a growing FASCINATION with how perfect the game world is, along with the director behind it. Have fun! 😊

 

The image accompanying the text was generated by AI (DALL-E)

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