Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Sometimes you need a word that doesn’t exist for the thing you’re trying to pinpoint. I wasn’t happy with “alternative universe,” which is I think what theoretical physicists might call it.
You know what I mean. It’s the reality that would have existed if you had chosen the road not taken. In other words, a different, better universe that was possible if not for your terrible decision. Or maybe even if you made a good decision — like marrying the right person instead of the first one to come along. An “alternity” exists in which you married that first one, and my guess is things don’t work out so well over there.
And I think of it as an “alternative eternity” because these things have ripple effects. They’re like when you hold a mirror up to a mirror and you get this cascade of mirror images receding like a tunnel into … into what? Into forever, I guess. Each one of those slices is an alternity.
I swear I wasn’t using any hallucinogens when this came to me. I was just wondering what those worlds could be called, where all the choices I might have made had lasting effects that played out over time and produced other effects. And just think of all the alternities that could have been forged from those. It positively boggles the mind, eh? Mine anyhow.
So that’s how I spent my holiday. How’s about you?