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What do Pandora and Schrodinger have in common?
They both don't know what's in the box.

Jesus is Pandora's Cat

We used to be told that Jesus was the great singularity in history, that his death was the point at which the great sweep of human history stalled and changed direction forever. We were told that there were only Two Ways - the Light and the Dark, the Wide and the Narrow, the Right and the Wrong - and that the change of ways was an instantaeous event, which would dawn only once, and shine brighter and brighter without cloud or rain.

Quantum physics (and it's sister, chaos theory) have got me thinking that the singularity is a quantum singularity, and that the two roads hold whole universes between them. I have felt that every instant, every experience, every decision and movement, holds the whole of God's creation. All the beauty of creation lives in the birth of a single tree, and all the ugliness of original sin in cutting it down.

Jesus is not a discreet point, but a strange attractor. Jesus is the one who dances between destiny and possibility. Jesus plays with your perception, he refuses to be seen except by those who aren't looking, he does what seemed impossible. And when he flaps his wings in africa, you better look out for rain.

Jesus is like a cat in a box - you never know whether he's alive or dead until you open it up to have a look. But when you do, be warned: if that cat ain't dead, he's going to jump out, and then everything will be different. It's only a little box, but there's a whole universe scrunched in there.


Andrew Lorien 06/01

Carlos Fuentes has thought a lot about relativity
or visit my hero, Greg Egan

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