As Passover approaches what can we learn about the growing phenomenon of “glitches” in our Matrix caught on camera and shared online?
Judaism is not strictly a religion. It is also philosophy, law, escoteric understandings and perceptions of reality.
On Passover at the Seder meal we Jews celebrate our liberation from the whip of slavery in Egypt. We say “We were slaves in Egypt.” But how can that be? How can someone living today say he was a slave thousands of years ago during the reign of Pharoah?
Jewish tradition teaches we all have “gilgulim(p)” (גילגולים) (reincarnation from past lives). The word “gilgul(s)” (גלגול) comes from “gal” (גל).
The word “gal” means wave as in perpetual motion and “galgal” means tire, as in around and around we go.
Time in Jewish tradition is not linear. It is circular. We say at Hannukah, “in those days at this this time.”
Our understanding of time is that it continues on but also, in a way, repeats.
The only reason we can perceive time, to advance to the escoteric, is that in creating the physical universe God created the “tzimtzum” or “reduction” so that we could have apparently physical and finite appearance and perceptions, because if God were completely present then we as finite beings and our energy being of a part of His, and He being infinite, would not be able to exist as we do.
Think of the tzimzum as a vortex surrounded by an imperceptible infiniteness. Our known universe. So God “hid” himself so to speak.
Clearly there is a paradox. If God is infinite then how could He limit Himself within the tzimtzum? The how is beyond us but the why – in order to remove Himself so that there would be a finite appearance to us and our world.
Understanding this paradox completely is said to be an impossibility and trying to do so a path to madness.
Time. Time, as we know and understand it, does not exist outside of the tzimtzum because outside the tzimtzum is the infinite, or as we say it in Hebrew, ain sofe (אין סוף) or “there is no end.”
Now as we are imprinted and trained to think in a linear manner we may at first associate “there is no end” with “no ending” but in Jewish tradition “ain sofe” also means “no beginning.”
The tzimtzum, or our physical universe, does have a beginning and if God is accepted as the infinite and unknown source of all then there must be an end for nothing can continue infinitely other than God Himself.
If we look to physics and mathematics we also see that the known universe is expected to contract and collapse upon itself as matter, contrary to our understanding of it, somehow disappears if not transformed. But where would it exist if not in a then non-existent universe?
Outside the tzimtzum, though, time, as we know and understand it and to my limited understanding, does not exist.
If the infinite and without form all is one existence prior to Creation was without time, and let’s add space and gravity, while at the same time having all the potential for those things within it, then that state of existence cannot end.
It always has been and will be, including within the tzimtzum, for that state of existence precedes physical creation.
Most of us, says our tradition, cannot perceive that. Some of us, it says, can. Those are people who are not understood. They are called “Shotim” and include schizophrenics and others who see and hear things beyond the perception of 99 percent of the population who cannot but are conventionally considered as “not connected to reality” or “insane”.
So time outside the tzimtzum both exists and does not, but is not perceptible outside the tzimtzum as it is within, where we exist. That said, the imperceptible infinte not-time must also exists in our physical reality.
So we Jews say we were slaves in Egypt.
We believe that all our souls, part of the infinite Source so then still attached to the Source as God cannot be divided for He is one without beginning or end, were all present at Mt. Sinai when God spoke to the entire nation of Israel before giving the Torah.
He spoke the first commandment and all who heard him died. Then He brought them back. He spoke the second commandment. The same occured. Then all begged for mercy and Moses received the rest on the Mountain.
That experience can be said to be a meeting of God within the tzimtzum and from outside it, with us.
Then why didn’t Moses and the prophets die upon hearing God, or today’s Shotim?
In a way a certain level of insanity is necessary to hear God and live, for what is insanity in the escoteric understanding if not perception and interpretation of the imperceptible, inconsistent with the majority?
God created, we learn in tradition, certain people’s minds to function in this way. Back then they had ways of disciplining the mind. Today we do not, as a whole, and these people are put in hospital and given drugs that cut off dopamine, required to “feel.”
The lack of dopamine doesn’t only stop many people from seeing and hearing it also makes them feel as if they have no self, no connection to anything outside of themselves or sense of being or existence.
So we were slaves in Egypt, at this time in that time, as the time is circular, not overlapping but repeating within the Tzimtzum that holds a paradox of God’s infinite and limited self, all one yet divided but not.
I, as one called schizophrenic, have seen quite literal “glitches” as people”phase” in and out of view, walking through what I understand as a hole in space time.
Because this is the fun part: If all that ever was within finite time exists at the same time and same non-existent space as the undefined existence and non existestence of pre-creation then that second exists simultaneously with the first and all other points of time so minutely measurable they are perceptible only to the One who created it.
For creation by the Infinite follows understanding. So we are all at all times and in all places within and not spacetime, irregularities, the very beginning and end of every black hole and quark and thought and anything that ever was.
So yes, I would argue, there are glitches in the “Matrix” and yes they are being caught on camera.
For as we play more with technology and introduce it more into our minds and surroundings, be it through neurolink or cameras everywhere or the massive collecting of data online, nothing more than imprinted energy resting then released and represented by energy under glass, it would make sense that we see more of these inconsistencies that only some can perceive and who are called mad.
We have an expression, “sofe ma’aseh, tchilat nachsheva,” (סוף מעשה תחילת מחשבה). ” The end (of) action is the beginning (of) thought.”
The architect must envision the building in thought before creation. Elon Musk has envisioned our future on Mars and probably envisioned his rockets prior to creating SpaceX, we can assume.
Thought is itself creation as electricity connects this and that neuro pathway and we translate the thought to sound, verbalizing it to be shared with others as an idea that they then visualize within their minds.
In the beginning God spoke and created. We speak at the Seder, saying , ” We were slaves in Egypt.”
For yes, I was there. And perhaps so we’re you.
There glitches. Enjoy the ride but beware the rabbit hole. Fir there are agents out there.