Gary Patton, in his Two Worlds blog, posted an interesting rumination about the concept of Two Worlds, the human created world, and the non-human, aka “natural” world.
Viewing the Universe as “Two Worlds” has merit from an analytical standpoint. It puts the propensity of humans to ignore the “real” world into sharp relief.
But it’s a dangerous viewpoint from the standpoint of doing something about it. Despite virtual (human created) “reality,” which, of course, is not reality at all, all life is subject to the inescapable laws, restrictions and realities of the world/Universe as it is. The Universe does not distinguish between reality and the human perspective. The Universe is the All That Is. And the human world is a microscopic tic in Spacetime.
Civilization, if that’s what it is, is not long for this Universe. It is already declining so severely as to be unsupportable, nay, unsustainable. Civilization is devolving into marginalized local societies, as it began, and will soon enough descend into a second, deeper Dark Age that will have insufficient energy and resources available for any semblance of recovery.
Not to worry, write it off, it was a bad deal from the start and never got any better. The Universe will be better off when Homo sapiens joins the rest of the biosphere as a contributing member of the cosmic community. That which cannot go on forever, doesn’t.
“The World” is a human concept, connoting the “Human” World. The Universe is reality, whether perceived by humans or not.
One world at a time, please.