Life: A Schrodinger’s Cat

The Schrodinger’s Cat experiment is a classic quantum theory paradox. It claims that a cat might be alive or dead as a result of opening a box inside which it exists. As long as the box isn’t open, the possibility of the cat being both alive and dead coexists. But upon opening the box you see only one outcome — a dead cat or a live cat.

The same is true about life and relationships within the spectrum of life. As long as we don’t open the lid, our life’s many possibilities, both wanted and unwanted, keep playing. It remains not an open but a mystical shut case.

It’s when we demand to know the state of our relationships, we stare at the finite outcome of our life situation. It is either elating or disturbing. From being a continuum that life is, we force it to become an end of the road state. We kill the magic of the unknown the minute we decide “we must know!’ When we do, we make time itself a finite, when we decide to inspect our relationship boxes.

Why not live our lives and let others open the box in which we lived after we are no more? Then they will be the ones who will see if our relationships with them were alive or dead. The continuum of time would have anyway ceased for us.

The quantum uncertainty principle allows all possibilities to exist — as long as we desist from controlling the outcome. Makes for a strong point to live life to the fullest. Without testing but tasting experiences that come along. It would be so much fun to live in the space of infinite options rather than be time-cast. And limited to one state. We can be funny, upset, depressed, elated, cynical, scheming, lying, truthful or inspiring. All the existential quantum states of human beings. Without anyone passing judgement on a single action of ours and stereotyping us. Because that single moment and that single judgement hardly define us. And what is true for us, is true for others too.

Should we choose specifics and mould our lives to the designs we create for ourselves? A hugely successful person with the sharp focus of a lens on things. Or be a scattered spectrum of brilliance.

The predictable makes life certain and the unpredictable can make it magical. What is your take on this?

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