Constellations: “Life is Stellar”

So many potential things can happen in that split second before a decision is made. What could happen if I choose this, or if I choose that? What could happen if I do this, or if I do that?

“In the quantum multiverse, every choice, every decision you’ve ever and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes.” – that is what the play Constellations by Nick Payne explores.


Last Saturday, I had the chance to see the play, with Cris Villonco and JC Santos starring as the quantum physicist Marianne and the charming beekeeper Roland, respectively. It was a blend of science fiction and romance and truly, I enjoyed the play which brought a mixture of thoughts in my head.

Parallel universes, a multiverse; an idea which many believe as something not completely impossible to exist. Also an idea very popular in science fiction. The play immediately caught my interest when I first heard about it. It is unique and it was interesting to see how a scene can turn out differently with a change as minor as a tone of voice or as major as a single decision.

And the actors were also fascinating playing out different outcomes and different reactions to the same scenario. It was like watching a rehearsal to a stageplay or a practice in a drama school. The set was also pretty nice; the silver strings enclosed the glittering platform of the actors inside a dark theater, bringing out an ambiance of something galactic while remaining to be, well, romantic.

Photo courtesy of Red Turnip Theater

The playful thought remains though.

“Listen to me. The basic laws of physics don’t have a past and a present. Time is irrelevant at the level of atoms and molecules. It’s symmetrical. We have all the time we’ve always had. You’ll still have all our time.” – Marianne

The past, the present, and the future have so many strings of pathways for us and these can exist all at the same time, but not in only one but in different universes, parallel universes as they say.

But what matters most is our universe, your universe, your ‘now’, your own reality from where you are living.

It is indeed interesting to see what kind of reality would unfold in every different choice there is. But there can only be one. Would you do this, or would you do that? Would you answer the phone? Or would you not. Would you stay, or would you leave?

The message is clear though, it is up to you how to make of your reality. You make your own destiny.


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