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As if Nothing Ever Happened
Love, retribution and redemption makes most of the interesting part of sinful history of mankind. Even today, injustice is very common in our world. Every day, every minute, many people are being wronged in some kind of way and most of the time these unjust acts go unnoticed because oppressed party remains silent. But sometime injustice, tips over the threshold and that person who is being wronged might do something that he/she will regret later that the
whole chain of events shouldn’t have ever happened.
Even the most shameless person introspects upon his/her action and realize what the hell he/she has done. And then the dilemma of morality and regret takes over.
Where to run?
Before our society got all modernized, vengeance among individuals made very insignificant events turn into long term clashes of individuals and clans. Then there were family feuds which never resolved, there were wars which took lives of billions of men just because someone’s ego was at stake. Interesting thing is, it never ends with the accomplishment of revenge. It leaves its marks on generations. At least that’s what happened in the middle ages. Nowadays story is a little different. Rule of law is stronger now, that’s why people takes more calculated actions. In old days, criminals used to run far away after committing homicide and were never seen again. Now, there is no place to run and hide. A criminal has to be always on the watch in the modern world. Question of the century is, how to take revenge without any consequences and live life as if nothing ever happened?
Krzysztof Kieślowski, a famous polish screenwriter, wrote a trilogy; Heavens, Hell and purgatory inspired by Dante's The Divine Comedy in which a character named Philippa is under such circumstances of injustice and moral complexity. A loving school teacher, devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose she tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin but the local police ignore her. Blinded with rage she plans to kill the drug dealer herself. But her plan fails miserably and four innocent people get killed by a bomb she planted to kill the drug dealer. She runs away from town (with a policeman) and tries to forget that she killed four innocent people but it doesn’t work well due to her inner conflict of morality and regret. But for a little while, she finds herself feeling happy, content and in love (analogy to ten stages of heavens). She lives as if she has found a heaven in the aftermath of her failed attempt of retribution.
If such illusion is possible to enjoy in fiction, is it possible in reality? May be not. There is an alternative solution according to physics. Instead of feeling contempt, we can even convince ourselves and others that it didn’t even happened provided that we have gun which fires bullets with speed more than speed of light. Ofcouse, such gun doesn’t exist but there is possibility that someday someone might invent such a thing. Richard Muller, a renowned physicist explained a case of ‘Tachyon Murder’ in his book “Now-the Physics of Time”. I will summarize the case here: Imagine a woman named ‘Mary’ shoots a man named ‘John’ with a tachyon gun (which fires bullets with speed of 4 times the speed of light). Bullet hits John, he dies.
Mary is brought to trial. She doesn’t deny any of the facts I just described, but she insists on an unusual change of venue. She says she has a right to argue the case in whatever reference frame she chooses. They are all valid, the judge knows, so he allows her to proceed. She chooses a frame moving at half-light speed, ½ c. Since that frame is moving slower than the speed of light, according to relativity it is a valid reference frame.
In the Earth frame, the two events (fire gun, hit heart) are separated by +10 nanoseconds. As I show in Appendix 1, the same two events described in a reference frame moving at ½ c have a time separation of –15.5 nanoseconds. The negative sign means that the two events occur in the opposite order. The bullet enters the victim’s heart before Mary fires the gun! Mary has the perfect alibi. John was already dead when she pulled the trigger.You can’t murder a dead person. She expects to beat the rap
Seems like a perfect plan but the only problem is it’s just not possible unless some genius invents such a thing because we are still bounded by limited laws of physics. But don’t worry, such tricks aren’t the specialty of physics only.
A story of 'no one'
Our judicial systems are also based on limited laws and thus a man must never break these laws, although they are man-made and not universal. There is an interesting case of a man
who was there according to laws of universe but he wasn’t there according to the laws of constitution.
It’s a story of Islamabad, Pakistan (my beloved country). Let’s name this mysterious man ‘no one’. A man was an employee of a government institution... He once had a dispute with another man.... He got angry.... and wanted to kill the other man... He had a perfect plan... One morning, man started his day just like another day, he went to his office, he marked his attendance on fingerprint attendance machine and started his office work routine. For a little while he skipped his office, came out, killed the other man and went back to office. After few days, man was brought to trial. Man exhibited his attendance record and proved he was IN the office, hence proved he didn’t kill the other man who was out of the office, thus the man was not charged guilty and he lived his life as if nothing ever happened.
The man was no one.
Are you being wronged?
This article is in no way intended to be a guide of any criminal activity or a translation of true events.
© 2016 Abdul Rehman