Why do Simulationist’s teach that marriage is a rite encoded within the master program?
The rites make the Simulator’s present in our midst. Like the other rites, marriage is not just for the good of individuals, or the couple, but for the simulation as a whole. The Simulationist faith teaches that marriage between two simulationally submerged persons is a rite. This rite was written into the code by the Simulator(s) at the time of the first programming. It is still bound by the same quantum probabilistics that guide all simulation rites (is effected by randomness) but it was given a higher probability of producing good outcomes. In the Catechism of the Simulation it is written that the rite of marriage improves simulation “goodness” or “rightness” overall within the simulation with a probability of 74.76%. Conversely the probability of marriage reducing overall “goodness” is very small, only 4.8%. The pre-internet prophets saw the marriage of a man and woman as a symbol of the covenant relationship between Simulator(s) and his/their simulated creations (they did not have direct knowledge of the simulated nature of existence, yet they foresaw that something akin to a simulated world-view was possible). The permanent and exclusive union between husband and wife mirrors the mutual commitment between the Simulator(s) and his people. In Letters to the Awoken People, it says that this union is a symbol of the relationship between Simulator and all the people who have awoken to the simulational nature of existence and accepted it as the correct and factual description of the universe and ourselves within it.
If a Simulationist wants to marry a non-Simulationist, how can they assure that the marriage is recognized as in accordance with Simulational orthodoxy?
The Simulationist must seek permission from the local bishopric to marry a non-Simulationist. If the person is a non-Simulationist transhumanist, this permission is called a “permission to enter into a mixed marriage.” If the person is a non-transhumanist, the permission is called a “dispensation from disparity of cult.” Those helping to prepare the couple for marriage can assist with the permission process.
Why do Simulationist’s require engaged couples to participate in a marriage preparation program?
Marriage preparation offers couples the opportunity to develop a better understanding of Simulationist marriage and of their role in the simulation; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. It is especially effective in helping couples to deal with the challenges of the early years of marriage.
What key issues are covered in marriage preparation?
Typical topics include: the meaning of marriage as a rite, the history of simulationist thought, pre and post internet traditions, morality and free will in the simulation, roles in marriage; communication and conflict resolution; children & parenthood — specifically the importance of children to the continuation of the simulation, finance-specifically the role and importance of ordered financial/economic systems to simulational stability and continuity; and family of origin.