PARALLEL UNIVERSE: dispatch from the cave
Chris and I have been avidly watching the NOVA series on PBS featuring physicist Brian Greene. The last episode was on time, and the theory that time is illusory. The episode posited the idea that all time exists concurrently: past, present, future. As if that concept isn’t mind-blowing enough, a previous episode spoke of parallel universes. It reminded me of last year’s film RABBIT HOLE, in which a couple dealt with the loss of a small child who was killed in an auto accident, the car driven by a teen age new driver. The teenager was working on a graphic novel about parallel universes and there was a poignant scene where the mother thought about her child still alive in another universe. I get this. I get it viscerally, because, like that bereaved mother, it also consoles me in ways that talk of heaven and angels does not. I just wish I could access that parallel universe. Brian Greene didn’t give us any hint on how to do that, other than math equations. And I’m terrible at math. So, since I can’t access the parallel universe (the one that doesn’t play nonstop jangly holiday music in supermarkets), I’m stayin’ in my cave.
I think this post is probably too depressing. Here’s some John Boutte to balance the desultory ramblings above:13 Accentuate the Positive