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 people who are not familiar with quantum physics and also the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I want to begin by saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
As the amazing discoveries of prayers before surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles appear in all possible states. It is simply the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse right into a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to show us the possible implications with this fact in your everyday living. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box having a deadly mechanism. The possibilities of choosing the cat dead or alive is 50-50. In accordance with the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive till the box is opened plus an observer enters into the equation.
Needless to say, this hypothesis sounds absurd, because it completely defies common sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses tell us, a living being may be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something may either exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy common sense too? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a world of endless possibilities. Provided that we haven’t opened the package – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the power to change the path of events.
So many times, I came across myself praying for the success of an occasion which had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My good sense used to say: “What’s the purpose of praying for it now? Isn’t it somewhat 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 big event may have occurred, but as long as I didn’t be aware of results, things could certainly be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most often, he seems to like the more subtle miracles to the ones that blatantly defy the physical laws in the universe. That doesn’t imply that the second don’t occur. They are just a little rarer. For some reason known just to him, God would rather operate in mysterious ways, in such a way that are as hidden from our eyes because the fetus within the pzzqgd and also the germinating seed inside the bosom of the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform most of his miracles will be the unobserved reality, the world of endless possibilities, the package in which the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can help to save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the package as well as the surgery prayer is in front of our eyes, it is more difficult to change it. In the event the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation of the physical laws. It is not impossible, but it takes lots of faith, way over we can manage at the 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 will make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.