by Nick Andrea
Today I asked my spiritual mentor (billwalz.com) how to navigate the successes and failures of life. His response was, “Don’t take it personally.”
That got me thinking on the principal of non-locality in quantum physics which states that the causes of events are non-local. This was discovered by observing particles that were quantum entangled with each other, which means they do exactly the same thing at exactly the same time, despite the distance between them. What baffled researchers was how they affected each other faster than the speed of light. In fact, there was no time that separated their mutual behavior changes. They simply happened instantaneously.
This meant that there had to be a non-physical substratum connecting these particles that operated wholly outside time and space which also influences their behavior. To illustrate with an example, that means that the same force causing you to behave one way could be operating simultaneously in the same way on an alien being on a planet billions of light years away.
To bring it back to the advice of my mentor, if causation is non-local, then, how can we attribute what happens to our individual selves, our ego? How can it be said that I cause anything? To take it a step further, who is there to take what happens personally?
That’s quantum advice, if I do say so myself. 🙂