Alternate Realities and Parallel Universes: What are the Possibilities?

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Alternate Realities and Parallel Universes: What are the Possibilities?

Ryland Pham, Staff Writer

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Everyone at some point their lives has had the thought “What if…,” or had the desire to change the outcome of something they experienced. In the world that we live in, we have no recollection of the ability to rewind time, but we believe it to be a fantasy that can only appear in made-up worlds. What if, in an alternate reality, this was actually possible? There would be an infinite amount of possibilities, but there would also be an infinite amount of calamities that coincide with time travel. What do you think would happen if you did get the chance to time travel and change everything?  Would it be for the better, or would it only make things worse? What if you didn’t experience the first relationship you’ve ever been in, or you never got the chance to make friends with someone? Your entire existence would be re-written but you wouldn’t know that it had been.   You’d be led down a completely different road or path that could result in a better, or worse life.

Let me give an example of how my life would different if I managed to change one small detail about myself:  my ability to talk endlessly. If I was never as talkative as I am now, I would be an antisocial introvert since I wouldn’t have any people to talk to. All of the friends that I’ve made, and all of the family that I’ve gotten close to, would most likely forget to acknowledge me because I would never be brave enough to approach anyone new. I wouldn’t have had my first relationship, made all of the friends that I have, and I probably wouldn’t have worked as a receptionist at my mother’s nail salon, S.V.R Nails. The bond that I have with my family wouldn’t be as strong, since I’m usually the most talkative in the family and I initiate the conversations. Although I wouldn’t have any of these relationships, I also wouldn’t have a lot of the scars and cuts from the adventures I’ve gone on with my friends. Even though I wouldn’t have had to experience the pains of these adventures, I would much rather have them because the memories I’ve had with my friends are all amazing.  I honestly wouldn’t change anything in my life because I love everything that I have now.

Moving away from the thought of time travel…if there is one alternate world, there is likely to be an infinite amount of experiences and things we aren’t aware of. Imagine a world where humanity never involved themselves with wolves.  This would prevent us being able to experience and interact with the dog breeds we have.   Or what about the thought that the dinosaurs never went extinct?  Or a world where people could never die, or a universe where people are aware of everything around them?  There are so many possibilities that can’t even cover what people could imagine! But I say that ignorance is bliss, because people would then become too involved with seeing what their alternate realities could offer them, instead of what they can currently offer themselves. There are too many things in our world to concern ourselves with already, so I would say that it would pile upon the many things that we already deal with. I’m not saying that curiosity or fascination about something is bad, that’s just something that was built into our genetic code, but I think that a obsession with something that isn’t achievable isn’t healthy for anyone.