Existence in this life is similar to a computer game program. A world is created by the program code and its characters established by subroutines. Their actions and interactions are dictated by the programs code. A person can go and do as his will dictates but only to the extent that the program will allow. For example a prehistoric person can hunt and gather but not cook the meat until the right subroutine is discovered by himself or a contemporary. Cooking meat over a fire using a frying pan doesn't come until centuries later when enough sub routines are discovered by the cave man's posterity to smelt iron. It is not outside of a characters programming code to do a 21st century task it is only not being accessed because other routines are not yet available for example having a car to drive. The human genome is a complete program. Each person is essentially identical accept for the character specific routines that make us who we are, brown eyed, dark complexioned, short, fat, and bald. We cannot become a horse even though the genetic code is present in each of us. The reason we are not a tree is merely a few different genes or programming routines.
Our time and place in this existence is relevant to the programming subroutines available to us. Our abilities to venture outside of our existence, even though it exists, is determined by the protocol. We do not live forever, cannot move faster than the speed of light, cannot read another's mind or be something we are not. Even thought the possibility exists.
Time for us is linear but existence is retained within a given set of parameters. God knows the past from the future because it is merely a scenario programmed into this existence. We have the prescribed agency to choose for ourselves but only from the available routines. We cannot choose something that does not exist to our knowledge or in our existence. Therefore we can access possibilities or subroutines available to us we just are limited by relevance.
Is there any reason to stop trying or consider our every action destined? No because, in this game, to stop means death, there is no reset, and the range of accessible subroutines can enrich our lives and deliver, as yet, unknown possibilities for future generations. The sophistication of the program and language is beyond any man made version and artificial intelligence of today's languages pale in comparison but it is still a program.
Is there a limit to this programmatic existence? Yes. Is there an optimal set of routines that lead a person to self actualization? Yes. What purpose is served? Awareness is realized by our unique spiritual entity through living in this programmatic existence. The electricity which powers the program is formless and purposeless accept in response to the code of the programmatic machine language and binary existence of off and on. Our existence is similar to that of an electrically generated impulse used to power the computer and activate the routines of the available program.
Do we step upon an ant because we can or because we are meant to? Can we choose to not step on the ant or are we destined not to? Do I become what I am or am I what I become? Is my existence on purpose or does my existence have a purpose? The answer is that this life is an opportunity for us to discover our potential. We can choose to step on the ant or not and that choice affects both us and the ant. We can inadvertently step on an ant and that incident affects us and the ant. The reason those possibility exists is because for us and the ant to realize our potential both possibilities have to exist.
Is the world changed for the better or the worse? It is immaterial because either possibility existed before so the program is unchanged but not fully realized.
What is in store for the ant? Does its subroutine cease to exist or can it be reincarnated? The third alternative is that death is the gateway to a new existence or programming code which enables the ant to become something more that it was before. Does it resume being an ant or does its subroutine become integral to a greater existence a more enlightened being or place made more complete? Once the program has run its course and all possibilities are exhausted does it set idle, is it reset, or are there aspects of the program only realized by its conclusion and assimilation into a larger program or new existence. Similar to the Star Trek Borge only not with the propensity for domination and darkness but liberation and enlightenment.
Assuming that the program must be fully realized before it can run its course is there sufficient redundancies to facilitate programmatic realization? It seems so. Anecdotally, no idea seems to be unique. There are countless examples of more than one person coming up with a similar idea. For example the wright brothers were p, supposedly, the first to fly but several others close to doing the same thing. As a consequence powered flight is common today. Realizing that not all possibilities are necessary to advancements or self actualization the program may not need to exhaust the possibilities simply provide the opportunities for awareness and agency to determine faith and obedience.
Do we become united as if a single body or unique structures like the cells of a larger body which can not fully function with the absence of any one part. Individually one might be lost but collectively the potential is magnified.