Musings on the rift

Well here I am, another sleepless night.  I seem to be having a lot of them lately, ever since Vidal and his team made the 3D breakthrough.  I’m not complaining.  Being a new parent means I’m used to functioning on little sleep, and there is just so much to think about these days.

Tackling a project like this causes one to question many things in life.  And not just the big questions like “where do we come from?” and “why are we here?”  After experiencing all that iDGi-1 has shown us, I’m beginning to question the little things too.  Life seems more fragile than ever.  Knowing there are other worlds out there, ones in which possibilities and choices have been fractured in entirely different directions, and knowing that we are largely the cause of these fractures…  Well, it sure puts things in perspective!  As I was putting my one year old daughter to bed tonight, I couldn’t help but think… one little change in the history of my life – and she might not even exist.  The possibility is both staggering and utterly frightening.

I’ve been grappling a lot with this concept these days – choices and their consequences.  There are a lot of ethical decisions to be made in the process of this groundbreaking work I’ve found myself a part of.  I’ve had to look at it from a variety of angles, and I think I’ve finally got a handle on what it all means to me.

Morality

Since the dawn of this project I have had to consider its consequences… removing autonomous control from one human being, and integrating it with another.  We would be remiss not to ask; does this violate the human rights of the person we are connecting to?

The truth is we don’t yet know enough about the nature of this new connection method, to answer this question fully.  The very fact that iDGi-1 even works and the rift exists at all, defies all logic.  Our research and decoding of the information sent to us, tells us that the individual who will inevitably host us is a medical anomaly.  The severe fluctuations in this person’s brain activity are virtually undocumented in medical history – giving him/her a unique ability to receive a signal directly from Henry; a signal that we will soon be able to activate through our new-found connection with him.  The odds of this happening within a human being are astronomical, almost as if this person was born to make this connection a possibility.

The learning potential this opens up for us is beyond earthly value.  Every bit of data we receive from each and every connection could teach us something new about the laws governing the Universe (or Universes!), the nature of time and space, and the physical fabric binding it all together.  We sincerely hope that one day we will be able to communicate with our host as well, not just inhabit his/her body.  But until the day comes when we can actual “speak” with this person, and learn why it is he/she has this special ability, we will have to rely on our own research.

A number of safeguards are being put in place to protect our host from harm.  For example, we have made it impossible for any “player” (that’s you!) to self-harm while inside the host body.  Any such attempt will automatically sever the connection and push the “player” out of the “game.”  I would also like to mention that the information we’ve gathered specifically states that the host is a highly trained and specialized military officer.  This should help when it comes to the prolonged endurance required for him/her to allow our controlling presence.

So, don’t think that just because we are fashioning this connection into a “game,” means that we take it lightly.  Some philosophers have postulated that life itself could be considered a game.  Epictetus (55 – 135 C.E.) encouraged people to view life like playing with a ball.  No one considers whether the ball is good or bad, they only care whether they can catch it and throw it with skill.  If life is a game, then the only thing that matters – the only thing of any value – is how we play it.

– Gregory MacMartin

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