.. ity to another where the laws of physics are slightly different in each. Therefore, nothing has to behave the same way all the time. As soon as you’re not watching it, it could do something entirely different. What about all those theories and formulas people have come up with? Well, when someone creates a theory or formula to explain something, they’re giving you something that gives an approximate description of that event.
Theories and formulas are never 100% perfect. For example, if you graph the behavior of an object as it moves, and you write an equation to explain the graph that you see, you do not take into account behavior outside that range of the graph. There may be subtle changes that would wreak havoc with your equations if you only knew about them. But you don’t. Why? Because it’s impossible to graph something for an infinite amount of time with infinite detail.
For example, Newton’s theories are pretty good, the held up when we went to the moon. However, over large (interstellar and intergalactic) distances, they won’t be perfect. Also, flaws in them become more apparent as you approach the speed of light, and they’re only reasonably correct up to about 80% the speed of light. Einstein was even closer. His theories on relativity are very precise, and they work well, but they are still probably flawed at some point. Chaos theory may be even closer, but since it is generated by people and machines made by people, it won’t be perfect. In short, our chaos is really too structured to explain the structure of the universe, which is chaotic.
What about paradox? Well, paradox deals with a conflict in events. For instance, it has been theorized that time travel is possible. This presents the question of “What if someone goes back and changes something?”, and more importantly, “What if they mess up and prevent their own birth? How will they ever travel back in time to do it?”. Well, this is the classic example of paradox. Now, based on the model of reality described so far, how would we explain what happens with a paradox.
Well, if we constantly move along the positive time axis, and there are an infinite number of divergences or “forks in the road” for each event, then it is logical to assume that one who goes back along the time axis and alters an event will follow a different pathway then they did the first time around. Therefore, a paradox will is not likely to destroy the universe, rather, you would find yourself in a reality that changed from the point at which you altered it. Therefore, this means reality can even loop back on itself, and still function just fine. There would merely be another set of infinite realities coexisting with the original set, with the defining event being your alteration of another event. How does all this apply to everyday life, and what does it all mean to us? This is probably the most important question of all.
What does it all mean; how does it apply to me. Well, from what we have seen, our chaos is too logical to explain the logic of a reality that is chaotic. Also, nothing is impossible, some things are merely more improbable than others. Therefore, reality is most likely going to be exactly as how you perceive it. So, basically, nothing is definite at all.
So, what should one do with one’s life in such a strange reality? Well, the only answer I could come up with is: Whatever you want. It seems that the point of life is not to understand your own life, or purpose, or the nature of things, it’s to have as much fun as you possibly can while you can still have it. Now, I know somewhere out there, someone is thinking “Well what if I think it’s fun to go out and murder people or something?”. Well, the answer to why people don’t do this, is simple, it’s not fun. How so? Well, you must consider tradeoffs.
What’s fun now usually doesn’t lead to things that are much fun later. For instance, if you kill someone, it may be fun, but I don’t think one would find imprisonment or a death penalty fun at all. It may be fun to drop out of school and do whatever you want, but in a few years when you can’t get a job and don’t have enough money to go anywhere or do anything, you won’t be so happy. Therefore, it is best to do what you like, but consider the consequences and alternatives first. So, morals don’t really exist because people know the difference between right and wrong or because some omnipotent creator dictated our lifestyle to us, but because the let the most people enjoy themselves at one time. So, it’s basically similar to any animal’s response to a positive stimulus, however our powers of abstract concepts and reasoning, and critical thinking allow us to determine what is fun now, and will still allow us to have fun later. So, in the end, people will do what they like most, while still allowing others to do what they like most, and eventually it all works out for the better.
At least, it has so far in this reality, but as we know, everything could change in an instant, even though it’s not likely. So, be grateful our lives are as stable as they are and get what you can while you can still get it because it may not be here tomorrow. Well, up until now I had planned on making this thing anonymous, but now that I think of it, I would kick myself if it ever got any recognition at all, and I couldn’t prove that I wrote it. So, I have decided to put my name in it, and hope that nobody decides to alter it and reprint it. So, for anyone interested, this paper was written by Toby Hudon, or, for anyone who has a modem, General Lee D. Mented. I hope you had fun reading it, cause it was sure fun writing it.