It has been my experience (and I admit that that’s all there is) that younger people in the sixteen to twenty-eight age range are already familiar with many of the principles of quantum mechanics, not because they are formal students of it, but because quantum mechanics has become embedded both in popular culture and in ongoing scientific discourse. You can find various aspects of quantum mechanics all over YouTube and sprinkled liberally throughout social media. It’s just part of the current scene. Decades of science-fiction and now superhero films have made an indelible imprint upon the minds of teens and twenty-somethings.
On the other hand, the over-fifty crowd is still struggling with their mainstream classical physics’ version of reality and all of the limitations that it imposes on them. Talk of time-travel and parallel universes is virtually meaningless to them. If they listen at all to these ideas, they confess that they just can’t “get their heads around” such abstract notions, and of course they don’t even try to do so because they don’t believe any of it has a practical bearing on their lives. They are the “dead men (but fewer women) walking”. Reality has changed and left them behind. They are strangers in a strange land of new and infinite possibilities and it scares the hell out of them.
Still, the younger crowd likes to entertain itself with the ideas of quantum mechanics, but without actually implementing them. In other words, the content of their consciousness has changed, but not their consciousness itself. They are still imprisoned by consensus-reality thinking. Look at the Bernie Sanders phenomenon. Supported by enthusiastic young people, Bernie promised a revolution, but within the context of an outmoded political model. Bernie harks back to the Russia of 1917 and to the turmoil of 1960s’ America. Naturally, he eventually disappeared back into the existing political system. He never went through an actual consciousness shift.
This is a dense and persistent reality. Albert Einstein stated that “Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Reality is an illusion precisely because it is not limited by space-time as we know it, or confined by a four-dimensional structure. It has no material existence at all. We create it out of our consciousness, both personal and collective. The implications of that fact have not been assimilated by the younger generation, which is still taught to rely on outmoded models of reality. They still want to change the world, not realizing that it is they who have created it in the first place and sustain its illusory power. They can talk alternate realities, but still don’t know how to implement them. You can’t perform magic with a non-magical mindset. You can’t transcend politics as usual while accepting the need for it.
Concepts and labels are limiting. They are the stock-in-trade of a consensus reality. The old-timers are captivated by them. They are familiar and comforting. But the younger generation has a chance to escape their intoxicating hold. They have glimpses of other possibilities. They just need to allow for their emergence. It’s the allow bit that’s important. The young are impetuous. They want to reshape something that has no intrinsic shape in the first place. It’s their perception of a pre-existing shape that confuses them. By simply no longer investing in the reality of a pre-existing and objective reality, they can create their own out of their own consciousness both personally and collectively.
The older generation has its own morphic field (a consciousness of shared values and characteristics that defines it and what it does). It knows no other reality. The younger generation is still malleable enough to shape its field for the better. It merely has to give itself permission to do so. Hopefully, continued immersion in the principles of quantum mechanics and in the possibilities embodied in archetypes like Iron Man, Supergirl, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wonderwoman, Batman, and Superman will salvage the young from an ongoing deadening and constricting mindset.