Monday, February 12, 2007
Einstein was one of the greatest scientific minds of our age but he had a personal life, a very rich one, by all accounts. He was head over heels in love with his wife and he never really got over her. I wonder if he sussed out the probability of parallel worlds created by a single different choice, a fork in the road or something done or undone so he could live with the loss of his beloved wife by imagine them living happily together in another time line. For some people, religion provides a happily ever after with heaven or paradise, an end to suffering, a place where no one grows old and there is no pain. The Greeks called it the Elysian Fields. Einstein called it a parallel world. Fairy tales ended with happily ever after, leaving the reader to imagine a place where time stood still and the bliss and oneness of the first blush of love continued on forever.
We all cling to some form of happily ever after, inventing parallel worlds, paradise, heaven or Elysian Fields where it's always benevolent, always warm and sunny, where the rain falls like a soft and soothing balm, and those we love are ever with us. Atheists prefer to find happiness here and now in every single breath of every single day...or in the mathematical perfection of parallel worlds where the mistakes we make can be undone.
That is all. Disperse.