A few 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 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.
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 exhibit us the possible implications of this fact in your everyday living. The experiment involves putting a cat in a sealed box having a deadly mechanism. The odds of choosing the cat dead or alive is 50-50. According to the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive until the box is opened plus an observer enters into the equation.
Of course, this hypothesis sounds absurd, because it completely defies good sense. According to everything our experience and senses inform us, an income being can be either dead or alive, never both concurrently. Something may either exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy sound judgment also? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a arena of endless possibilities. Provided that we haven’t opened the package – and future is definitely a closed box to us – God has the power to change the course of events.
So many times, I came across myself praying for the success of an occasion who had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My good sense employed to say: “What’s the point of praying for this now? Isn’t it a bit far too late?” 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 taken place, but so long as I didn’t know the results, things could still be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most of the times, he generally seems to choose the more subtle miracles to the ones that blatantly defy the physical laws from the universe. That doesn’t imply that the latter 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 can be as hidden from the eyes as the fetus in the pzzqgd and the germinating seed within the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform almost all of his miracles is definitely the unobserved reality, the world of endless possibilities, the package 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 prayers surgery is in front of our eyes, it really is harder to change it. If the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, in turn, will bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is not impossible, nevertheless it takes a lot of faith, way over we could 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 will make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.