Of Regret and Parallel Universes

1 11 2009

Alice has already been through enough odd experiences to last a person a lifetime, and the story isn’t half over.

Naturally she’s getting quite exasperated and fed up with all the nonsense that’s been going on, and is regretting ever coming to this mixed up, backwards place. But her curiosity hasn’t quite burned out, as she says:

“I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit-hole–and yet–and yet–it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what can have happened to me!”

It’s so funny how even people not in weird situations like her’s think like this. Something bad happens, or some change that they just don’t like, and they almost wish that it had never happened, but there’s always one thing that makes them think “Huh. I wonder if this would have happened if I hadn’t changed.” It’s kind of the way life works.

A huge amount of people are at least uncomfortable with change, and most are resistant to it. It’s really part of human nature to want to stick with what we know and stay in our comfort zone. Because that’s where we know we’re safe, and are sure in the way things work. After each change, most go through a phase where they are unhappy, or disoriented and confused. They don’t like what’s going on and won’t have any more of it. And Alice does go through this phase, only very lightly and almost unrecognizably. Mostly in arguing with other characters.

But here we really get to see what’s going through her head.

She is NOT comfortable in this new place, and almost regretting going there; but she has to wonder what would have happened had she not gone exploring after that rabbit. Would she have still been sitting under that tree waiting for something interesting to happen? Would she have gotten into an argument with her sister?

We don’t know, and neither does she.

There is a theory out there about possible parallel universes, and a how a new one is created every time someone makes a decision. Do you pick up the litter, or leave it? Do you want mustard or ketchup? Either way you choose, the theory goes, the time line splits into however many choices you had, and time continues on each line following each different choice.

It’s a very head-achy thing to think about. But here again Alice is stumbling upon questions that even philosophers and scientists have yet to find an answer to.


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3 11 2009
Christian Long

I love this: “She is NOT comfortable in this new place, and almost regretting going there; but she has to wonder what would have happened had she not gone exploring after that rabbit. Would she have still been sitting under that tree waiting for something interesting to happen? Would she have gotten into an argument with her sister?”

Talk about a great 3am in the college dorm conversation that could inspire if you take this out a ways to how all of our lives are a series of similar questions and internal debates. What if we waited one more minute? Would life have showed up? Would we have missed our shot?

Reminds me of Eminem’s classic anthem, “Lose Yourself”, where this lovely little gem is waiting for us:

“Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity, Oh, there goes Rabbit…”

Coincidence?

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