It's probably one of the first steps into transferring the human consciousness into digital form in order to encourage transhumanism and our separation from humanity. Maybe transhumanism is the goal of the merge. I think neoliberalism also pushes us towards transhumanism, which in a way is selling our souls to a devil (the selfish hedonism of living in a false digital world and ditching humanity and mortality). Even Chris-chan is transhumanist and has been this entire time. His entrance into the normal world gave consent to the transhumanists to be more open about their agenda. According to Chris-chan, the merge would allow us to meet our "OCS" and other fictional creations which to him somehow exist independent of the human mind. OCs and fictional characters only really "exist" over the internet, and the Metaverse will only encourage the priorities of fiction over fact. The merge itself is our descent into Hell, or the digital world we've created where laws and morals don't matter; we trade mortality for immortality and face the consequences while the world around us crumbles because people look towards the void; the digital world where reality is manipulated, instead of looking outwards at the real world or even inwards towards the Self, the human condition and the natural instincts we all harbor deep inside. The Metaverse is just a haven for selfish cowards to indulge in. People are encouraged to change the world and leave an impact, become famous, rich, and beloved. This is unrealistic for most people and that is okay. Everyone participates in history whether they want to or not, but unfortunately people are willing to sell their souls to the corporate masters; in return, they are promised salvation, but it isn't Heaven they are going, it's into Hell.