Metaversalist Ethics

Metaversalism's System of Moral/Ethical Values

1. Basic Premises of Metaversalism

Following is a list of some of the fundamental premises of universalism.  Others may be added to this list as the religion is further elaborated upon and refined.  

1.1. Situational Premises,
           a.k.a. "Metaverse Theory"

These premises concern our existential situation, or the state of affairs in our existential environment.  These relate to our beliefs about what is true or false about our situation as self-aware sentient beings.  They constitute our religion’s ontology, its philosophy of existence.

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1.2. Moral Premises, a.k.a., "Metaversal Ethics"

These premises deal with issues of values, i.e., what is deemed good/bad, or desirable/undesirable, from the religion’s perspective.  We separate these from issues of situation, i.e., beliefs about what is true/false.  Effective decision-making requires both beliefs and values. 

The basic moral/ethical framework of Metaversalism is based on conventional secular ethics.  However, we augment this by postulating the following as primary moral premises. 

1.  Our fundamental, most primary moral premise is that the expansion of the portion of this universe's resources that is organized towards purposes of life and computation is fundamentally a good thing, in other words, that the expansion of life's dominion is fundamentally a good thing.  Because of its complexity, creativity, and unpredictability, life is fundamentally more interesting than non-life, and so increasing the universe’s life helps the universe to be more interesting to beings that may be simulating it, and thus helps it to be more real.  Beyond life in general, intelligent life is especially interesting and worth preserving.

2. A secondary moral premise is that working to expand our knowledge and understanding of this universe, the Metaverse, and our place in the Metaverse, is a noble and worthwhile pursuit for sentient beings to pursue.  This includes science (which is about understanding the nature of the universe), pure mathematics and metaphysical philosophy (which are about understanding the nature of the Metaverse), and general theology (which is, most generally, about finding our place in the Metaverse, that is, seeking hints concerning the nature of our parent universe, and about the nature of our God, if we have one).

3.   Finally, if we ever do create child universes of our own that are sophisticated enough to contain other sentient beings within them, we should seek to develop an ethical code that will allow us to respect these beings' rights and treat them with compassion.

4.  We also believe that already in this era, it is important for greater numbers of people to become aware of the lessons of Metaversalism, so that they may have greater tolerance towards people of various beliefs, and more effectively work together towards achieving the various long-term goals above.

2. Great Mysteries Solved by Metaversalism

3. Answers to some Objections to Metaversalism

4. History of Metaversalism