Reality is subject to chaos. If this principle is not clear by now, I suggest reading up on this subject (I'll look for links and include them once I've finished writing this first draft). Suffice it to say that, according to Greek mythology, chaos precedes cosmos; cosmos is created out of chaos. I think, however, that you're more familiar with the mechanics of chaos than you probably know, so to give you a point of recognition I've included a graphic picture of one of the most basic of fractals; a chaos thunderbolt, to use a more imaginative term, or simply... electricity.
The idea of chaos is that one would merely be capable of 'trancending' the 'lettuce', trancending down the tree-like structure ultimately ending up at the origin, or root, while every 'action' one would take to try and simplify the structure, only adds up making the lettuce grow even more complex. Think of it as the splitting up of one dimension into two, everytime more than one possibility occurs. You're walking through the Leidsestraat in Amsterdam and pass a MacDonalds restaurant on your right hand, and a FEBO food-chain establishment on your left. Existence splits your current dimension up into many seperate ones. In one dimension you enter MacDonalds, while in the other you go and have a snack at the FEBO. In yet other dimensions you keep walking on, while there's probably one where you can't make up your mind, and get stuck choosing between all the options for the rest of your life. In dimensions far away nobody's ever heard your name, since you weren't even born over there, let alone having developed a taste for fast-food.
So... Chaos dictates that there's infinite possible nuances, different dimensions, perceptions, spacial variations on time, temporal variations on space; In short, it's not unique that an individual is awestuck by the sheer magnitude of existence of possibilities and the possibilities of existence. It happens to the best of us. At least it's no reason to feel ashamed of anything. If you'd start that routine, you'd have to feel ashamed about EVERYTHING, and since that's quite an infinite concept, you'd have to feel infinitely ashamed.
If existence is just a never-ending stream of exponentially increasing possible options, it would be essential to filter out options. If one wouldn't do this, one would become all the options at once; becoming existence itself. Even if this were possible, this wouldn't really be worth the trouble, now would it? It would get rather boring quite quickly.
This filtering is done using a mechanism to asign 'ID' to chaos. It might sound complex, but it's exactly the same one would do when calculating percentages and then resetting the index (e.g.: index=100, januari index=85, februari index=120, etc..etc.. up until next januari, and then resetting the average of the year as the new index=100). I know, it's a clumsy description, but that's just because economics were never really my thing. Businesspeople all over the world will be able to tell you exactly what it is I'm saying here. ;-)
There are about infinite possibilities when it comes to assigning at least two new values to enable measurements and comparison. Duality plays a key part in our existence. In short, to be able to measure changes, you need at least two boundaries (e.g.: a minimum and a maximum), and some sort of measuring-system to measure everything that takes place between those boundaries (e.g.: digits).
This 'chapter' introduces a hypothetical concept I've conveniently labelled a 'reality-particle'. It's an attempt at using visual representation to illustrate the mechanics of a 'contained' reality, and by no means an accurate approximization of the 'real' building blocks of our being. The important part about this hypothetical containment and seperation of 'a' reality, is that there's an infinite amount of possible realities, and that all those realities are part of existence; realities are dynamic, meaning that they are constantly changing, and the amount of possible changes that can occur is also infinite. Since the very idea of a container is that of creating a barrier between that which is inside and that which is outside, whatever is put inside the container, is subjected to it's properties and thus limited it's boundaries.
Since the way something is stored subjects and limits that which is stored to the options (and most importantly of all, the limitations) that are inherent to the storage-device, storing something like an entire 'reality' would result in the loss of one of realities most important features: it's infinite number of possible futures. However, it is possible to conceive a container that offers as infinite and limitless possabilities on the inside, as are available on the outside:
Having said this, it is curious however to compare the numerology/fysiology of this virtual particle with the construction of the nucleus of an atom. Protons and neutrons consisting of 3 quarks each, the state of the quarks defining their very being ... The states of quarks (up, down, strange, charmed, bottom and top, according to Hawking's "A Brief History of Time") with their 'colors' (red, green and blue; Hawking again). Think about the link between the 'colors' of quarks, and your monitor. Need I say more? ;-)
(NOTE: This is just a preliminary, hypothetical sketch of a reality-particle. This is also true for the Reality Container mentioned further on in this text).
Of course, you can see coincidances everywhere if you want to, but, as the mythic triforce (shown above) keeps popping up throughout history, similarities with other three-somes (excuse the expression) can't help to be noticed. Take a look at the symbols for Nuclear and for Virus for example. (see also: On the Tri-Cyclic nature of reality).
Reality as explained above in the mechanics of reality separation is not stable enough to exist. Why this is so, I'll try to explain once I've finished the first draft of this 'book', but let's just say it's quite reasonable to assume that the reality-particle cannot sustain enough integrity to gain stability. You don't believe me? Well, if you're able to construct a computer based on a conventional RAM, ROM and CPU without the use of a motherboard, without connecting a keyboard or monitor, and without using electricity, I bow to you. Anyway, as promised, I'll take the time later on to find as many metaphors to explain this phenomena.
To make an artificial reality (consisting of our 'virtual' reality-particles) stable, one needs to set up another containment field around the original one. Whatever fits your insane design will do. Since the 'actual' half of our reality-particle (the half up until the singularity at which reality-inversion takes place) leaves us with a circle in our current 'dimension', we'll quickly draw a box around the circle to prevent ripples in our space/time-continuum (you'll know the effect; if not, throw a pebble in a pond of water and watch what happens ... if one doesn't restrict this effect, the echo will engulf the entire current reality, or the entire pond of water in this case).
This container would also converge to the singularity, yet it would at the same time have to be able to envelop the inversion as well. This leads to a pyramid figure. Since no fractal I've ever seen existed like a plain grid, it should be logical that the box-shaped boundaries of the pyramid are actually the container of chaos. One could envision an enormous grid, with circle-shaped fractals in each box, containing yet another fractal; a grid filled with the building blocks of many chaos-based realities with a slightly different configuration.
Backward reality-compatibility depends completely on the architecture containing the architectures that make up a 'contained' reality; in metaphorical English this simply refers to the physical structure which, in the binary-reality metaphor, contains the ROM, RAM and CPU that contain the binary reality.
This means that it completely depends on the possibilities of interfacing that have been incorporated/anticipated in this structure. It's like trancending down the infinite lettuce that is chaos; a trick many people already master to at least SOME degree using trancendental meditation. Decompiling reality, taking it apart to study it's inner workings, would be an endless task if you'd try to get to the bottom of the lettuce. That's why we must set ourselves a goal here and limits within which to achieve this goal. Since there's an infinite number of reality-inversions, the most important inversions to chart should be those that make up the tool with which we traverse reality: our bodies. The containers of our soul. Unraveling the mysteries of the human body as reality browser.
No matter what reality you will create, there will always be paradox. If there wasn't this paradox, existence would not only be meaningless, it simply wouldn't exist. This leads to the conclusion that one should not try to nullify paradox, but to constrict it's destructive capabilities on our perception in, and of the reality we create.
If the container of our soul is to survive, the elements that make up that container should not be nullified. In order to wrap the strings of our DNA in such a manner that they survive the conversion to the new file-format of reality, one has to learn how to wrap up the piece of quantum-candy that makes up the zip-file of who we are.