Are There Alternate Realities?
August 14, 2014
It occurred to me the other day, whilst trimming the grass, that the possibilities of parallel universes might not be as far reaching as they seem. This strange area of science, which has always been exclusive to quantum physics, science fiction films and funny-book folklore, might hold more truth than fiction.
Since purchasing my parents adjoining half-acre lot two years ago, when they retired to a mountain retreat, push trimming the full acre is a bit much. It was while rounding the bottom of the now full acre lot that I experienced what is referred to a “thin spot” in our reality. To be quite frank this mirage may have been brought on by the heat and over exertion nevertheless there it was. As the hum of the trimmers engine roared on, its operator slowed to a halt. Vertigo and a complete loss of energy swept over my form. Slightly dazed my attention became blearily concentrated on a five by six foot section of the lawn directly in front of me. This space glimmered, appeared wavy and warped, seeming almost translucent. The thought occurred, through my clouded perception, that were I to go forward the trimmer and myself would pass from this world into another. It was also perceived that were I to do so something else would come through in exchange, thereby keeping a balance between the two realms.
At this point the writer is well aware of questions aimed at his sanity. Rest assured this article is not intended to pursue nor encourage the belief in parallel dimensions (that would be ludicrous). Rather it is intended to explore the vast level of possibilities such a phenomenon would offer.
Thoughts of such things are far from new, especially in literature. Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel Through The Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, is clearly a view into the potential of alternate realities and travel between them. Humoring Mr. Carroll and entertaining the idea of a mirrored universe opens a wide array of venues. On the other side of the glass, in another world, set slightly askew of our own, what would we find?
Would we see an alternate version of ourselves? Perhaps one that had made contrasting choices in life or had been exposed to divergent experiences?
It’s utterly fascinating at times to consider what our lives would be like were we to have made different choices along the way. So imagine for a moment if there were a way to see those alternate decisions in motion or to step in, try on and walk a mile in a parallel pair of moccasins.
Did the alternate version of myself meet Sabrina, the girl who became my wife? If he did were they able to have children? Would I see myself enjoying or loathing life as a parent or for that matter grandparent? Does my other self share my passions for architecture and writing? Limitless questions and infinite possibilities when looking through the mirrored glass.
Personally, I believe that if alternate realms existed we would never know of or see them. Because if by chance we did, our minds would shatter and our sanity would be lost.
This conclusion comes, in reflection to a thought that occurred to me, last year while attending a Medieval Structures convention in New Amsterdam. The skyline view through my port side window at the Titanic (a marvelous ship/hotel since it was decommissioned and dry docked in the early 1920’s) was breathtaking. Watching the zeppelins dock atop the Empire State building, always fearing they would strike one of the towers on approach. It was in viewing these majestic architectural wonders that a realization struck me. Were I to pull back this curtain and these manmade monoliths be gone I would find myself at a loss? My mind could not possibly conceive them not being there. On a smaller scale wrapping my mind around one of Sabrina’s pet Persians not being in the house seems impossible. Nor could I image any kind of life without her. As human beings we are given one body, one heart, one soul and one mind. I think one reality is more than enough for us to handle.
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