Several 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 as well as the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I want to begin by saying a few words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Since the amazing discoveries of prayer for 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 potential implications with this fact in everyday life. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box using a deadly mechanism. The possibilities of choosing the cat dead or alive is 50-50. According to 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.
Obviously, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies common sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses inform us, a living being can be either dead or alive, never both simultaneously. Something either can exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy common sense also? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a realm of endless possibilities. So long as we haven’t opened the package – and future is always a closed box to us – God has the ability to modify the path of events.
A lot of times, I found myself praying for the achievements of an occasion who had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My common sense used to say: “What’s the point of praying for this now? Isn’t it somewhat too far gone?” But there is another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t far too late. Yes, the celebration could have taken place, but provided that I didn’t understand the results, things could certainly be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most of the times, he seems to like the more subtle miracles to those which blatantly defy the physical laws in the universe. That doesn’t suggest that the second don’t occur. They are simply a little rarer. For whatever reason known simply to him, God would rather operate in mysterious ways, in ways which are as hidden from our eyes as the fetus in the pzzqgd and the germinating seed inside the bosom from the Earth. This hidden space where God likes to perform the majority of his miracles is the unobserved reality, the realm of endless possibilities, the package where the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer will save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the box as well as the prayers surgery is in front of our eyes, it really is harder to alter it. In the event the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is not impossible, but it takes a lot of faith, way over we could manage at the very best of times. But as the box is closed, God can work in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that may make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.