Are you frightened in all this darkness? Sunrise is hours away. No moon tonight, and no stars reaching through the clouds. This dark hour is our intimacy, if you know what I mean.
I can’t feel you breathing, yet we share the same night air. Oxygen in, CO2 out. By day, our breathing reverses, and you take in CO2 and exhale oxygen so that our opposites fit together like the seam of a zipper, which the dark unzips.
Trusting this intimacy, I want to tell you something I heard about you last week. Earth.com says you can find the light without eyes because everything-that-might-have-been-otherwise shows you the way.
Remember that blog post I read to you last month, “A Certain Slant of Light?” I thought at the time that you’d be amazed by the evidence that parallel realities affect us. The “index of refraction” – why the straw looks broken in water – shows the influence of probabilities on the physical world – the direct effect on us of our alternate lives.
Now I see why you weren’t so amazed. You actually use your alternate lives to help you find the source of light in this life that you need for photosynthesis! The air and water in your cellulose have different indices of refraction. You feel in every cell all the different ways that light could move through you.
Are human lives impelled as robustly by everything-that-might-have-been? Who else is here in the night with us? I’m beginning to realize, these other lives we might have lived are closer than we think. For you, they find the light. And for me? They sit in the dark and talk with you.