The latest tests from the Large Hydron Collider indicate science as we know it, specifically relativity as outlined by Einstein may need to be changed. If history is any indication, we will discover more and more deviations from the accepted norm as these tests continue.
If you haven’t already done so, please read my below post on the Opera test being conducted at the LHC. This will give you context into this post and how it relates to Steve Jobs.
One can hypothesize that the above findings may lead to the possibility of time travel. Time is considered to be the fourth dimension in our ever expanding universe. If we were to step into the fifth dimension we would observe the other four dimensions differently. Perhaps we would see a tunnel made up of light from the past, present, and future. This timeline, if you will, could allow us to view all of history at the same time. Kurt Vonnegut wrote so elegantly in his book, Slaughter House Five, about a similar timeline that the Tralfamadorian’s used to view the sum total of human history at a glance.
Think of it like taking the frames out of a movie and laying them side by side on the sidewalk. We could literally see our history before us. The beginning, middle, and end all at the same time. I know this is difficult to fathom, but try to think out of the box for a moment here and entertain me. This reminds me of Plato’s allegory of the cave. Imagine you live your entire life chained to a rock along with others in a cave. The only interaction you have with the outside world are shadows reflecting off the back wall of the cave, presumably when they came to toss you a plate of food. What if one day someone breaks free and runs outside. They return and tell you about the outside world. The sun, trees, other people. Wouldn’t you have a hard time accepting this true reality. Wouldn’t you think this person is crazy. Remember absolutely no interaction with the outside world. Thinking of timelines poses the same problem. Back let’s get back to timelines and how they relate to Steve Jobs.
Perhaps we would see multiple timelines on neighboring sidewalks representing alternate realities where the frames of our history are similar and almost shared in some instances. What if timelines crossed each other? During critical times in our history the frames of one reality intersect with those of another. In these instances major world events could take place simultaneously.
Yesterday one such event took place. Steve Jobs, founder and visionary of Apple computer passed away. It wasn’t unexpected or accidental. He had health problems for many years. But I started thinking what if people like this, people who seem to rise to levels of achievement the rest of us only dream of; what if they exist on multiple timelines? Is this so far fetched? Perhaps they are fueled by each timeline they occupy. These visionaries are called one of a kind as they go through life forging new paths for the rest to follow. What makes them special? Sure they are smart, dedicated, but they are also in the right place at the right time. They beat their competition to market. They seem to have been ordained by a higher authority. Maybe it’s because they are truly one of a kind and therefore exist on all timelines simultaneously.
Even though the history is slightly different, each timeline would exist in approximately the same epoch. Meaning all timelines are at the same level of technology or close to it. There wouldn’t be timelines where the humans are just discovering fire and how to hunt more efficiently. We would be facing the same obstacles and problems in society and be searching for more or less the same answers.
Consider another hypothesis, one where chosen ones do not simultaneous exist but perhaps are sequentially called upon. Some of us may not have an evil doppelganger on the other timeline. Some of us may be what’s known in software engineering as singletons. A single instance that lives in the same location in a computer’s memory. When each thread of execution calls for this object it is handed back the same instance that lives at the same location in memory even though the thread of execution exists elsewhere.
Perhaps in the grand scheme of things when a timeline is in need of change, to elevate its technology in order to avoid an obstacle, or to enact social changes necessary for their civilization to advance; perhaps they call upon certain persons and are handed back their singleton. I believe Steve Jobs is a singleton. And yesterday on the timeline where I am writing this, he was recycled. This does not mean the singleton fails to exist. He exists in the same global memory space where he will always occupy. Perhaps on another timeline he has just been instantiated. A child born to parents who will put him up for adoption, as was the case in this timeline. New parents who will nurture and grow the entrepreneurial spirit in the man who will empower others to reach their highest potential thereby elevating the timeline to new heights. As the work on one timeline ends, the work on another just starts.
We should all strive to become singletons. To rise to our greatest potential and be the best we can. To be the one of kind visionary who will change the world in our own unique ways. Steve Jobs was only 55 years old. Way too young to leave us. Perhaps another timeline needs him more now than we do.
Remember never stop looking up at the night sky and asking, what if…
The Atomic Writer