The Metaverse is the unseen reality of the current materialistic worldview. It’s the result of negating the obvious, that, as Shakespeare said: “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.
Our current age is one where the predominant worldview is nihilistic and materialistic. It is materialistic because it negates anything that cannot be measured, it negates God and consciousness. It rejects them, but it cannot erase them. It is nihilistic because without God and consciousness there can be no real meaning. You may create your own, but one which has no bearing in reality.
The process by which we have gotten here is not complicated. It began when man arrogantly made himself the measuring stick of reality, not the measured. We may trace this back to the Renaissance and its subsequent philosophies. Descartes famously said: “I think, therefore I am”.
With that statement, the split between soul and body, matter and consciousness, was made explicit. There was no turning back from it. It led to the secularization of the West.
Shaykh Abdalhakim Murad argues that the secularization of the West is due to the repression of the human Dionysian energies within the catholic Judeo-Christian worldview. The repression of this God-given energy requires a rationalization that leads to a split between body and soul. Descartes was famous for working from his bed and he said: “There is no woman more beautiful than truth”. Of course, his own rational truth.
The rationalization required to accept the outmost predominance of the Apollonian over Dionysian led necessarily to a split between body and soul. This, in turn, led to a reclaiming of the Dionysian; but with the rationale that led to this split, it reclaimed the flesh, but not the spirit.
Having reclaimed matter, a matter without consciousness, the matter became the only reality. The philosophy of matter, the philosophy of the last four centuries, reached its endpoint with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, both of them believers.
What we are living today it’s the resultant inertia of that motion. Matter and flesh reign supreme, but it’s hard matter and cold flesh. In other words, materialism and nihilism.
But the matter of matter, the hard problem of science and philosophy, remains: what is consciousness? Of course, that question cannot be ever answered as long as we live a split life in a split world.
The only possible answer in this scenario is to say that consciousness does not exist, therefore, negating the Unseen reality of this world, negating the complete human and the Divine.
But the fact that we reject this only means that we are living half-lives. We know that; deep down in our chores, each of us knows this. And we want to do something about it, we want to give reality to our consciousness. And because we cannot do it in the hard matter and cold flesh, we invent a fantasy.
An unseen fantasy: