One of my favorite videos to watch on YouTube is called “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” by author Rob Bryanton. I admit I know as much about string theory as I do about the mating habits of butterflies—which is nothing at all—but the idea of multiple dimensions fascinates me. The thought that there are different versions of myself living completely different lives steaming from alternate decisions made at crucial moments gets my imagination tripping like a cat high on catnip.
I wish I had a magic mirror that let me peek into these other worlds to see how the decisions I made in this RPG called Life on Earth stack up against decisions made in alternate play-throughs. Where would I be if I hadn’t gotten sidetracked and finished college on time? What if I actually had a couple of kids? What if I had chosen a different job class and became computer programmer instead of writer? Would those decisions have lead to a better or worse life, or would those roads have all lead to the exact same place I am now except with a different backstory?
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” – Gene Roddenberry