A Way to Leave Earth

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A way to leave Earth:

A particle collider;

Smashing, bashing, gone.

-Haiku, Basho, c. 1686

 

In an ion melee,

We all say mayyy-dayyy!

We go along,

We go along,

We go alone.

-Irish folk song, c. 1750

 

"A 'rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo.'"

- Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 1980

 

Two dimensionality was apparent as I was pushed. I knew that as soon as I hit the "cloud," I would become just a probability of being in one place as much as the other. But for now, I was in the stream. I was aware of the point of being because I could sense myself. Every time I lost consciousness, I knew I drifted into the wave. But as long as I could concentrate, I was the point. Going toward the cloud. Where I would end up, I did not know.

I only knew that I would go backward. The way we had it structured was that whoever was on the ride would slip into the cloud or bounce off of the cloud, depending on the probability of the shell opening. (We were using silver, 47 electrons.) Whichever particle we hit, we would bounce to the entangled particle, in the past. It always happened, and has always happened. In every dimension it's been tried. We think.

We didn't create the technology. We learned it from the others. The first dimension. They started the process. And carried it into the past, changing dimensions as they went. We were told that at first, there was no procedure for coming back. There was no procedure for spreading knowledge. There is still no procedure for coming back. There is a procedure for spreading knowledge. We carry books into the machine. The rider never sees her accomplishments, but gets to experience a past she would never know. It doesn't matter that it's another dimension. That's the only way. The split in space-time from the extra-dimensional travel is dictated by the intermezzo principle. We (and the first dimension) have found that the interconnectedness of the particles can only take us to another dimension. It's in the math.

It's possible that when I hit the cloud/go through it, I will end up inside of the earth and die. It is possible that I will end up in a sun thousands of light years away from my starting point. Such is the essence of time travel and interconnected particles. The connector could be anywhere or anywhere in between anywhere.

But it's most likely I will come out on Earth, in the past, relatively unscathed. That is always the hope. The alternatives are too scary to think about. Our traveler came in the year 1501. We have his papers. That is how we were able to build the machines. The technology wasn't supposed to come this early. Everything supposedly changed.

We have been able to utilize the mathematics given to us to view parallel worlds, and they are completely different. Completely backward. Completely unchanged.

I want to change the world. Another world.

We have all come to believe that this is a good thing. Well, there are naysayers that feel that a world should be left alone, that it should evolve at its own pace. But who is to say that we were not created in a tube by someone/something else, placing the primordial goo into bacterial motion?

I cannot be scared. I am on the line. Going into the cloud. If I bounce, though, it is because I haven't cleared my mind. I need to be in the wave.  I need to jump the probability. Hitting an electron is not the best scenario. Electrons have the highest probability of snagging an anti-electron on the way back. I would become negative space. I'd latch onto antiparticle for sure. Too fleeting. I have been reduced into information small enough to pass by the electrons (probably), and my best shot at getting into the middle of things, in my own personal ion melee, and into the past of things, is to hit an up quark. This is the math. I won't hit a boson or a gluon, but if I did, gravity might mess me up. I would surely careen into a faux black hole on my way backward. Strange quarks? I'd wind up in my own universe, at the same time, but who knows where? That doesn't help. If only we could strip everything down to the up quark! Alas, we have no way to do that. The first dimension might by now. But they can't pick and choose their dimensions, either, or so it would seem. They have not been back.

I have to breathe. I have to clear my mind. But I am not breathing. I do not really exist in that form now. I don't have a mind to clear. I am only information travelling on the "push." But you see me. Therefore I am. Oh to be Schrödinger's cat! Then you couldn't open the box. Except you are reading this. I must close the box. I must make you think I am a wave. Or that I am not even in the box. I must get the probability right. I must leave.

But what if I fuse to a particle? What if the gravity inside the Silver atom is too great for me to leave?! What if I am not full of enough energy and speed to collide and hit the interconnector string and just bounce off instead of bounce "along" and "back?" These are things we all must think about on the push.

No one tells you what to think or what you will think because no one comes back.

You can't see me. You can't hear me now. Probably I'm not here.

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