Every alternate universe
has been discovered
and there’s an app that tells you
how you rate compared
to all the other
different versions of you.
Do you want to know
how you measure up?
A fixture of speculative fiction, comic books and actual science-y science for decades, the idea that there exists a multiverse of possible Earths in which every potential alternative timeline is accounted for is a fun one to wrap our brains around.
But what if it wasn’t an interesting theory, but a proven fact? And what if we found a way to look into and explore these seemingly infinite variations on the theme of humanity? More importantly, what if we could specifically find out how we stacked up against all of the other different versions of ourselves who managed to also exist?
Imagine a social network that consisted of billons of different versions of yourself that ranged from the nearly identical to the astoundingly unrecognizable. Do you find this intriguing or does it sound about as fun as finding out how many swings of a hammer it takes to turn your pinky finger into bony dust?
If you did join up, do you think you would spend more time comparing yourself to the less successful versions of you or the ones who have seemed to have accomplished that much more? Would you use it for schadenfreude or envy?
In my case, I know I would be too curious to stay away for long. I like to think I could handle it well and would seek out the most compatible versions of myself to have fun and communicate with. Hopefully there would be a block button for the trollish Allans who hate me for no discernible reason (except maybe their own innate self-loathing).
Could be fun, right? What do you think?