I read another article on alternate universes this morning. Apparently, we all have twins in other dimensions who live different lives than we live here, and we can pop on over to see our twins if we concentrate really, really hard. Scoff, if you must, but I have to admit that I like this idea. Talk about the ultimate vacation. There should be some kind of transporter that takes us to these other universes. Imagine us just hopping from plane to plane (as in planes of existence not 747s) and seeing what our other selves have accomplished or where we live or who the other people in our lives are in those dimensions.
I could be a rock star or a Nobel prize-winning mathematician. Okay, probably in no universe would either of those be true, since I can’t sing or add, and I can’t see that being different in any dimension, but maybe I could improve upon something I am not quite as hopeless at such as geography. Maybe in another dimension, I learned before the age of 35 that West Virginia is next door to Pennsylvania. I have to tell you, that one just shocked me.
The possibilities are endless. My question is this: if our lives in other universes are better than this one, what did this me do to be here? Is it just a roll of the dice? And is there a universe where that me in that universe would find my life in this universe spectacular? Now, that would be interesting, and how would I prevent me from going to a universe where life was not so hot – you know a universe where Michele Bachmann was president and I was married to someone like Bill O’Reilly?
Maybe, the smart me in one of the other universes could invent a “Better Life” transporter that will only take me to a life I would want to see. Maybe one of me lives in Bali or is an archaeologist uncovering ruins in a peaceful Middle East or maybe I am a forest ranger in Yosemite or who knows? Or maybe I might be satisfied with a more simple me who has straight hair, a rocking career and abs I could bounce a quarter on – and Brad Pitt… or George Clooney. Yes, I could live in that dimension. Be right back I have to concentrate really, really hard; I have a new universe to reach.