I suppose another beneficial aspect of a belief in Simulation Theory, is that it facilitates living in the present moment.
Under Simulation Theory, it’s possible that Last-Thursdayism is a real thing. In other words, the world we know and its history (as well as our own memories) are completely fabricated — having been brought into existence just last Thursday (or whenever). With that being the case, we can never be sure history ever happened thus it’d be silly to get worked-up about anything that happened in the past — in our own life or otherwise. Did my ancestors really do that!? I dunno. Did that girl really say that to me when I was fourteen!? I dunno. With reasonable doubt, you can’t convict.
Another aspect to consider is that everything is just flickering pixels. Did that guy just offend me? Well first of all, he’s just pixels and I’m just pixels. Second, he might be an NPC (non-player character) designed to challenge me. Third, he could just be another confused noob like me, so I should cut him some slack. Under Simulation Theory, we honestly don’t know who’s real and who isn’t — so why get worked-up over something stemming from colored coordinates on a three-dimensional plane.
But Rich, if we truly are in a simulation, won’t exposing it and keeping it in our thoughts hinder the feeling of immersion? Yes! And if you’re an anxiety-ridden person experiencing life too intensely, then that’s EXACTLY what you want! You need a way to distance yourself from the action and lower the intensity. Whereas if you’re having a great time already, then no, Simulation Theory isn’t for you — move along and keep doing what you’re doing.
But for those of us that are constantly worried about life, this is a philosophical belief system that makes life easier by removing the reality from reality. Once you’re convinced of Simulation Theory, the weight of the world is literally gone — it’s replaced by pixels. And there’s no fear about becoming too removed from reality — for example I’ve always known movies and video-games weren’t real yet I enjoyed them anyway. We’re always susceptible to immersion, the difference is the ease by which we come out of it.
With Simulation Theory, at anytime you notice things getting too intense, you can deconstruct your circumstances and reduce everything to pixels and realize the fabricated fiction. From there, things become manageable.