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 want to start with saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Since 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 exhibit us the possible implications with this fact in everyday life. The experiment involves putting a cat in a sealed box having 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 till the box is opened and an observer comes into the equation.
Of course, this hypothesis sounds absurd, as it completely defies good sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses inform us, an income being may be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something either can exist or not. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy sound judgment too? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a realm of endless possibilities. As long as we haven’t opened the box – and future is definitely a closed box to us – God has the ability to alter the path of events.
Numerous times, I found myself praying for the prosperity of an event that had already occurred – including an exam, a surgery, etc. My sound judgment used to say: “What’s the aim of praying for this now? Isn’t it a bit too far gone?” But there was clearly another voice that echoed deep inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too far gone. Yes, the event could have happened, but provided that I didn’t know the results, things could still be changed.
To God, there is nothing impossible. Yet usually, he generally seems to prefer the more subtle miracles to the ones that blatantly defy the physical laws of the universe. That doesn’t imply that the second don’t occur. They are simply a little rarer. For some reason known only to him, God would rather function in mysterious ways, in ways which can be as hidden from your eyes because the fetus inside the pzzqgd as well as the germinating seed in the bosom of the Earth. This hidden space where God loves 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 can save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the package and the prayers surgery is in front of our eyes, it really is harder to change it. When the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, subsequently, will bring a sheer violation of the physical laws. It is really not impossible, however it takes a lot of faith, way over we can manage at the 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 may make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.