A few 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 would like to start by saying a few words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
As the amazing discoveries of prayers before surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles exist 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 demonstrate us the potential implications of the fact in everyday life. The experiment involves putting a cat in a sealed box with 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 until the box is opened as well as an observer comes into the equation.
Obviously, this hypothesis sounds absurd, as it completely defies sound judgment. In accordance with everything our experience and senses tell us, a full time income being may be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something can either exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy good sense as well? Until God decides one way or another, we live in a world of endless possibilities. So long as we haven’t opened the package – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the power to alter the course of events.
Numerous times, I came across myself praying for the achievements of a function that had already occurred – such as 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 far gone?” But there was clearly another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too far gone. Yes, the event could have happened, but as 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 prefer the more subtle miracles to those which blatantly defy the physical laws from the universe. That doesn’t suggest that the second don’t occur. They are just a little rarer. For some reason known only to him, God would rather work 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 inside the bosom of the Earth. This hidden space where God loves to perform most of his miracles will be the unobserved reality, the realm of endless possibilities, the box 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 box and also the prayers surgery is before our eyes, it really is more difficult to change it. When the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, subsequently, will bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is really not impossible, nevertheless it takes lots of faith, way over we could 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 may make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.