> Only one choice.

Only one choice.

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009 | No Comments

I find quantum theory to be quite intriguing. Of course, we've been told our whole lives that the quality of our lives depends on the choices we make, but does it ever really occur to most of us that we essentially lock out any other possible choices once we've made a decision? Or do most people consider that there are literally an infinite number of possibilities for us to choose from, so long as we're willing to dedicate ourselves to that possibility?

As per option one in the assignment, I am going to create my own set of criteria for playing with the idea of quantum theory. Fortunately, I already have some experiences in my life that depict this theory clearly and I will share them with you.

Back in high school, there was this girl I liked but never had the courage to ask her on a date. Eventually I hooked up with some other chick and the next year I found out that the girl I originally liked smoked pot, did ecstasy, and went to raves and things like that. It occurred to me then that if I had mustered the courage to ask her out and ended up hooking up with her, that perhaps I, too, would have been doing the same things she was doing. I locked myself out of that reality by not asking her on a date.

In my first year of college, I was trying to become a music performance major, but I had another passion that I couldn't ignore. I loved video games and wanted to take some classes to learn how to make my own, but the college I was attending didn't offer anything of that sort. The closest thing they had was computer programming, which I also enjoy, but that wasn't what I was looking for. Although I was a very talented trombone player, spent almost a decade playing, and was told by the principal trombone player (who was my private teacher at the time) of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra that I was good enough to go pro, I decided to take a different direction in my life and pursue my passion of creating video games. I gave up so much for something that was entirely uncertain and, in essence, locked myself out of the reality of being a professional trombone player. I've had my disappointments and regrets, especially seeing how few classes there are at IUPUI that actually relate to the creation and development of video games, but overall I think it was the right choice.

Now, imagine if you were to come across a book without a cover. There was no indication on the outside of the book telling you what was contained on the pages within. The book could literally be about anything and you won't know until you open it and find out. It could even be a book of blank pages! Of course, once you open the book and see what's inside, you've locked it into only one realm of reality. Now, let's say you opened the book and discovered it was a book about animals. Now that you know, you'll probably have satisfied your curiosity and put the book back and move on with your life. What if someone else who you'll never meet or cross paths with has the same experience with the book, but finds a completely different story when they open it? They've locked that book into one realm of reality in the same existence as you! But you'll never know if you never cross paths with that person and find out. What if you both opened the book together? Whose reality would prevail?

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