A couple of days ago, while surfing the net, I came across a one-line joke that sounded like this: “How can a religious man save Schrodinger’s cat? He prays before opening the box.” For those who are unfamiliar with quantum physics as well as the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I want to start by saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Since the amazing discoveries of prayer for surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles exist in all possible states. It is only the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse in to a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to demonstrate us the possible implications of this fact in your everyday living. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box having a deadly mechanism. The possibilities of locating the cat dead or alive is 50-50. In accordance with the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive up until the box is opened as well as an observer enters into the equation.
Needless to say, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies good sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses inform us, a living being can be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something either can exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy common sense too? Until God decides one way or another, we live in a arena of endless possibilities. So long as we haven’t opened the box – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the power to change the course of events.
Numerous times, I came across myself praying for the achievements of an occasion that had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My good sense utilized to say: “What’s the point of praying for it now? Isn’t it a little too far gone?” But there was another voice that echoed deep inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t far too late. Yes, the big event may have happened, but as long as I didn’t be aware of results, things could be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most often, he seems to choose the more subtle miracles to those which blatantly defy the physical laws from the universe. That doesn’t suggest that the latter don’t occur. They are simply a little rarer. For some reason known simply to him, God would rather function in mysterious ways, in ways which are as hidden from your eyes as the fetus inside the pzzqgd as well as the germinating seed in the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God likes to perform the majority of his miracles is the unobserved reality, the industry of endless possibilities, the package in which the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can help to save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the package as well as the prayers surgery is before our eyes, it is actually harder to alter it. In the event the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation in the physical laws. It is far from impossible, nevertheless it takes plenty of faith, far more than we are able to manage at the very best of times. But whilst the box is closed, God can work in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that can make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.