30 Day Writing Challenge – Day Seventeen
So I saw the above list on Facebook and decided it was worth giving a go. Every day for the month of April, I’ll be putting together a short blog on the chosen topic. But of course since I have a life and responsibilities, I might have written it a few days in advance and scheduled it to appear on my blog for the right day! So, with that in mind, here’s today’s blog.
“17. A quote you try to live by.”
There’s probably loads of quotes I like. JFK and his choosing to go to the moon not because it’s easy but because it’s hard – inspirational stuff that makes you push yourself to the very limit to achieve something spectacular. Jock Stein and how football is nothing without the fans – because he’s right and the governing bodies should remember that yet rarely do. Even most of the religions in the world have a basic be good to yourself and each other message.
Or was that Jerry Springer?
But there’s a quote from Star Trek that I love, and it’s one I would say inspires me.
“I like to believe that there are always possibilities.”
In The Wrath of Khan, its a comment about how they look doomed but Admiral Kirk has a plan. He goes on to say that he doesn’t like to lose, and it feeds into Kirk finding ways out of apparent no-win scenarios.
But away from the movie, it’s such a subtle line and such a subtle concept that it can be applied to so many things. It can be taken to mean “never say never”, which is probably something I appreciate. I never know where life will take me, so I don’t think I can be as absolute as that. Look back at my Season Book Years blog series and try telling me in the middle of that I’d give up my season book some day! I probably wouldn’t have conceived of a situation where that would happen, but here I am and I’m happy with my decision.
But there’s another aspect of that quote that delves into quantum mechanics called the Many Worlds Theory. Now, I have no way of proving whether it’s right or not, and smarter people than me haven’t managed it either. Some will debate it’s nonsense, but I like the concept of it because it’s probably as close to a leap of faith than anything else I “believe”.
Basically, the Many Worlds Theory says that for every decision that is made in this universe, the other choice is played out in an alternate universe. So what that boils down to is if you decide to turn left, there’s another version of you that turned right.
Somehow, I find that really comforting. In this universe, I make my choices as I believe them to be right. I don’t always get them right as I’m not infallible, but somewhere in an alternate reality I make a different choice and do get it right. It’s probably a very odd way to deal with the concept of having no regrets, but it seems to work for me.
And, incidentally, this is another concept I probably first picked up from Star Trek. The quote from Admiral Kirk that I’ve chosen actually has Kirk say that it’s something Spock is fond of saying. Spock is Vulcan, and Vulcan philosophy is “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations”. While that refers to a single universe for the most part, I’ve more or less expanded on it. There are episode of Star Trek that have also run with the alternate universes concept as well, so as you can see I watch too much Star Trek!
But going back to the original concept, always having possibilities is something I hope remains true throughout my life, and I hope it’s something that my children can enjoy as well. There’s another quote that springs to mind from another sci-fi series Babylon 5, and it’s pretty much the other side of the coin. As Londo Mollari is about to become Emperor of his people and basically become a puppet for a more powerful species, he confides to his friend G’Kar
“When we met, I had no power and all the choices I could ever want. Now I have all the power I could ever want and no choices at all.”
It’s a depressing realisation for him as he finds he’s trapped. There are no more possibilities. It’s the no-win scenario that Kirk spoke of in Star Trek.
So I hope all of you reading this always have choices, and that your possibilities are endless.