Written by Hershy Minkowitz
It turns out that there is more to the world than meets the eye. Just ask any Pokémon player and they will tell you that there are things hidden in your backyard, neighborhood, community and shopping malls that are up for grabs for those that know how to find them.
Welcome to the world of Augmented Reality, a relatively new technology that is able to modify your perception of the real world making certain images and objects appear as if they existed in real life.
All you need to do is download an App onto your Smartphone and you can be on your way to spending your time, like hundreds of thousands of others have been doing the last few weeks, collecting treasures and getting points added to your account as you capture and battle the virtual creatures and monsters that seem to be all over the place. You gather objects along the way that enable you to toss them at the monsters and neutralize them.
Of course it’s all bogus and imagined, designed to create wealth for some very clever people. Yet that’s not stopping people from risking their lives as they chase those creatures with their phones through moving traffic, private property, and sometime perilous locations.
Allow me to inform you that the technology is not that new after all. And it’s not bogus or imagined either. The Jews have been using it for thousands of years and it’s designed to create meaning for anyone that wants to be clever. In fact it’s the entire reason for the creation of the world.
To understand how it works let’s read again from the top.
It turns out that there is more to the world than meets the eye. Just ask any Torah student and they will tell you that there are objects and opportunities hidden in your backyard, neighborhood, community and shopping malls that are up for grabs for those that know how to find them.
Welcome to the world of Augmented Reality, an ancient yet real technology that is able to broaden your perception of the real world making you aware of articles and objects that exist in real life, though sometimes hidden from the naked eye.
By simply downloading some spiritual knowledge you could be on your way to spending your time, like millions have done for thousands of years, collecting treasures and points as you gather the spiritual sparks embedded into creation that seem to be all over the place. As you go along your way, performing Mitzvahs, helping others, and doing acts of goodness and kindness, you gather spiritual sparks that get added to your account. Using regular material objects with which you perform good deeds, enables you to retrieve the sparks and make them your own.
Sure beats risking your life to conquer imaginary monsters, and the points you accrue will stay in your account long after the Pokémon app will become obsolete.