During my recent fascination with post-apocalyptic/anti-war books such as Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse Five etc, I started reading a series of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. My friend specifically recommended me to read his second novel ‘The Sirens of Titan‘, because of my interest in Sci-Fi and weird stories. One of the concept he introduces in the book really got me interested. It is called ‘Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum’.
It is basically a dimension where all truth fits together.
It goes like this… “Just imagine that your Daddy is the smartest man who ever lived on Earth, and he knows everything there is to find out, and he is exactly right about everything, and he can prove he is right about everything. Now imagine another little child on some nice world a million light years away, and that little child’s Daddy is the smartest man who ever lived on that nice world so far away. And he is just as smart and just as right as your Daddy is. Both Daddies are smart, and both Daddies are right.
Only if they ever met each other they would get into a terrible argument, because they wouldn’t agree on anything. Now, you can say that your Daddy is right and the other little child’s Daddy is wrong, but the Universe is an awfully big place. There is room enough for an awful lot of people to be right about things and still not agree.
The reason both Daddies can be right and still get into terrible fights is because there are so many different ways of being right. There are places in the Universe, though, where each Daddy could finally catch on to what the other Daddy was talking about. These places are where all the different kinds of truths fit together as nicely as the parts in your Daddy’s solar watch. We call these places chronosynclastic infundibula.”
This really sounds like the exact same concept when we are talking about understanding intercultural communication where everyone has different perceptions and values from where he/she is from and how he/she grew up, and trying to find the common ground to understand each other. When a conflict happens everyone believes they are ‘right’ in their terms, and a lot of times it ends up unresolved – ultimately involves violence. So this dimension called chrono-synclastic infundibulum seems like a perfect place to live in.
Then I read the next paragraph…“You might think it would be nice to go to a chronosynclastic infundibulum and see all the different ways to be absolutely right, but it is a very dangerous thing to do. The poor man and his poor dog are scattered far and wide, not just through space, but through time, too.”
I guess this won’t be the solution to our problems.
I would love to exist through space and time though…