The Many Lives of You (and Other Existential Crises)

Elizabeth Pearl Corey, Staff Writer

What if you could pull a lever or push a button and end up spiraling or walking into a reality with situations that appeal to you or characters that are real to you, but not to the rest of the world? Or even if it wasn’t possible for you to do that, but still possible for those happenings to be, how would you react? Say you’re a fan of Supernatural or Doctor Who. What if they’ve never been “fictional” at all, and Sam and Dean are riding in their Impala to some hidden motel on a stormy night while you’re sitting at home watching them go against beasts of all sorts? Maybe the Doctor is taking a trip to the Renaissance to see if he can cheer up ole’ Michelangelo Buonarroti. Maybe you’re getting C’s in a class you should be getting A’s in, and you just can’t figure out why! Maybe there was a glitch in the system and suddenly all your right answers are wrong. Just maybe someone out there looks exactly like you, acts exactly like you, and is exactly you, but they’re living up in California, hanging with the Kardashians, or instead hiding in a humble English cottage in the 1850s trying to finish their first novel. If you woke up suddenly to find out that your family isn’t your family, or that you’ve been missing for two years when you’ve been doing nothing abnormal in that time, what would you do? What if…?

Scientists have been debating about the existence of the multiverse purportedly since circa 1954 when Hugh Everett first came up with the many-worlds theory while sipping sherry with some of his friends. What is it you ask? The concept is relatively simple, but not so easily accepted: Our universe is not the only one that exists, it’s one among infinity. That being said, anything anyone could conjure up could be true in any number of other universes in the “multiverse.” Do you like superheroes? Spiderman or Batman could be spending their days saving the day somewhere beyond our realm of existence. To go further into the theory, time is relative, and other universes could have Earth as it was or as it is to be (or possibly to be).   

There have been some interesting cases in which people have reported to have been to other universes or have encounters with other universes, or beings from them. The case of the Man From Taured, for instance, doesn’t provide much closure for the incident. Still no one knows what’s become of the man, what universe Taured is from, or if he even was an unintentional transuniversal traveler. Yet, theories also arise on a matter known as “universal consciousness.” This theory stems from the belief that imagination is just a form of extrasensory perception (ESP/psychic abilities) that allows one to see or be aware of what happens in other universes. With this thought in mind, any situation could be possible, any character or creature could be real, any place could be, too. If the theories hold true, nothing would ever be impossible, especially if one were to invent a transuniversal teleportation device, like the Montauk Project attempted. The future holds many mysteries, and many examples of inventions and principles that have been dubbed impossible in the past help to inspire hope for a future where humanity has such technology and the knowledge and answers that today’s people are looking for.

The universe is full of mysteries that have yet to be uncovered; mysteries that need closure. The multiverse, if it exists, is sure to have more, and to have potential and possibilities beyond imagination. Or…could the idea be a definite, because a multiverse could allow for it. We know not now, but someday mankind will find, and work to reach beyond, the truth.