A couple of days ago, while browsing the web, 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 and the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I would like to begin by saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Since the amazing discoveries of prayers before surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles appear in all possible states. It is only the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse into a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to demonstrate us the potential implications of the fact in everyday life. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box using a deadly mechanism. The probability of finding the cat dead or alive is 50-50. Based on the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive till the box is opened plus an observer makes the equation.
Of course, this hypothesis sounds absurd, as it completely defies good sense. According to everything our experience and senses inform us, an income being may be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something may either exist or not. However, doesn’t faith and prayer defy sound judgment as well? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a realm of endless possibilities. Provided that we haven’t opened the box – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the ability to change the course of events.
Numerous times, I found myself praying for the achievements of an event which had already occurred – including an exam, a surgery, etc. My good sense utilized to say: “What’s the aim of praying for this now? Isn’t it a little too far gone?” But there was clearly another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t far too late. Yes, the event may have occurred, but provided that I didn’t understand the results, things could certainly be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most often, he seems to choose the more subtle miracles to those that blatantly defy the physical laws from the universe. That doesn’t imply that the latter don’t occur. They are only a little rarer. For reasons unknown known just to him, God would rather operate in mysterious ways, in such a way that are as hidden from our eyes since the fetus within the pzzqgd and also the germinating seed in the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform almost all of his miracles is definitely the unobserved reality, the realm of endless possibilities, the box where cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the package as well as the prayers surgery is facing our eyes, it is more difficult to change it. If the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is far from impossible, nevertheless it takes a lot of faith, way over we are able to manage at the very best of times. But as 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.