Several 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 not familiar with quantum physics and the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I would like to start with saying a few words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Because the amazing discoveries of prayers before surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles happens to all possible states. It is simply the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse into a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to show us the possible implications of this fact in your everyday living. The experiment involves putting a cat in a sealed box using a deadly mechanism. The probability of locating the cat dead or alive is 50-50. Based on the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive up until the box is opened as well as an observer comes into the equation.
Needless to say, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies good sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses tell us, an income being can be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something either can exist or not. However, doesn’t faith and prayer defy good sense also? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a world of endless possibilities. So long as we haven’t opened the box – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the ability to alter the path of events.
A lot of times, I found myself praying for the achievements of an occasion which had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My common sense employed to say: “What’s the aim of praying for this now? Isn’t it somewhat too far gone?” But there was clearly another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too late. Yes, the event could have occurred, but provided that I didn’t know the results, things could still be changed.
To God, there is nothing impossible. Yet most of the times, he appears to choose the more subtle miracles to those that blatantly defy the physical laws of the universe. That doesn’t suggest that the second don’t occur. They are only a little rarer. For reasons unknown known just to him, God would rather operate in mysterious ways, in ways that are as hidden from the eyes because the fetus inside the pzzqgd and also the germinating seed in the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God loves to perform the majority of his miracles is definitely the unobserved reality, the industry of endless possibilities, the box in which the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the box as well as the surgery prayer is before our eyes, it is actually more challenging to change it. In the event the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, subsequently, would bring a sheer violation in the physical laws. It is far from impossible, however it takes lots of faith, far more than we are able to manage at the best of times. But whilst the box is closed, God can be employed in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that can make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.