If I now had a chance to leave a note to myself in the past I would strongly advise myself then to stop fussing over the state of my bangs (that would never look perfect anyway) and listen more attentively to our physics teacher. It is namely so that today I find the modern physics (even from the laymen perspective) extremely fascinating but due to the lack in the foundations have difficulty understanding what exactly guys like Ron Mallett and his team are working on. Still the very mentioning of quantum mechanics and its findings make my heart beat faster like before the first date.
In André Brink’s novel “The Blue Door” the protagonist leaves home that he shares with his wife to run some errands but on the way back ends up in a different dimension, the one in which he is married to another woman and with whom he now has two kids. For him it is a chance to see what would have happened if he and this other girl hadn’t separated. Brink’s main character doesn’t get a chance to actually change the past should he wish so but sort of sees the alternative present. Dream scenario? Nightmare?
Modern physics and quantum mechanics in particular seem to be today closer to sci fi as ever before. Theoretical physicist Ron Mallett and his colleagues are working on trying to bend time by circulating light beams. Mallet argues that if one twists time into a ring one can actually go back in time. As I understand it is not entirely impossible according to the findings of modern physics, at least in theory, but creating the actual time machine is not on their agenda just yet.
Mallett’s interest in the field was fueled by his father’s death after which he got the idea to go back in time and warn his father of how his lifestyle would lead to his early death. According to modern physics the unobserved particles such as atoms can in fact be in different locations at the same time (my favorite part!) which opens for opportunity of existence of multiple dimensions/universes alternative to the one we live in at the moment, something that writers have been writing about for a while. Ron Mallett then might have a chance to meet his father although not in the same dimension (many scientists argue that messing around with history should be impossible or else it would be possible to actually go back in time and kill one of the parents eradicating one’s own existence).
If Mallett goes back in time but into another dimension he might end up meeting his dad who had chosen a healthier life style and doesn’t need health advise from his future son. In other words, what makes sense to us here in this dimension (= this life) as a desirable change might not appear so in an alternative dimension. Moreover, to what degree is the father from another dimension could be considered his father? Also, do we really need our children from the future showing up to tell us what we today can read even on the cigarette packages, namely that smoking kills?
Surely the “What if?…” question shows up in the head more often than a carton of Ben and Jerry in the freezer but in the end I rather like it in this dimension of mine and even here every little choice opens a new door. The true challenge is not to let the mind slip away into either the past or the future but stay right where the body is at the moment. Something tells me if I succeed in this for at least some time every day, chances are I will not have the need to commute between dimensions fixing things when Ron and his colleagues will have secured the path into the past.