Comic Book Conundrums

The space-time continuum never really makes sense to anybody . . . but then again, it’s not supposed to. I mean who are we, a bunch of Neanderthal-like creatures trying to comprehend something that’s so far over our head, an airplane 2 miles in the air is a comparative breeze? I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I’ve read some theories that I’d like to share with you today. Mainly theories coming from comic books, but they’re still worthwhile and put some things in perspective.

First off, the space-time continuum. The fourth dimension is the space-time continuum. If we were able to traverse the fourth dimension, we might see a straight line of, literally, time that we might refer to as the “time-stream.”

This view that I have taken with the fourth dimension is inspired by issue #152-153 of THE FLASH where the Flash battles Folded Man, a Rogue who uses a patented suit that taps into quantum energies to cross the barriers between dimensions. You know dimensions. We’re talking basic geometry: how a line represents the first dimension for it has length; a box has two dimensions because it has length and width; a cube has three dimensions, length, width, and height, and humans have four dimensions because we have length, width, height, and time. Well some of us don’t have time, but we still exist in the time-stream. Then there’s the theory of hyper time. Hang on to your hat’s and glasses, cause this here’s the wildest theory in the wilderness. First explained in KINGDOM COME, a DC Universe special that involved everyone from Superman to Plastic Man. The theory of hyper time is that everything that happened in the past, present, or future has an opposite and that all of those opposites split off into these alternate realities where the other choice is lived out. So, theoretically, the time-stream is surrounded by these alternate realities, and they every once in a while feed back into the central time-stream. This theory really works well for the world of comic books, because superheroes are always traveling to alternate, or mirror, realities where things are slightly different.

Then there’s religion. I call myself a Christian Methodist, but there is so much I have not personally defined about what I believe. If you think about it, I mean really think about it, then you realize that there’s a lot you haven’t defined about your faith too. Great example of something completely different. I’m hanging out with a friend and we somehow start talking about religion. When I want to ask him what religion he is, I decide instead to just take a guess, and seeing as it might fit his perspective, I correctly guess that he is agnostic. This means that you believe in something, you just don’t know what right now. He still prays in times of great crisis, but he doesn’t normally make a point of it. Me? I make it a point to praise God daily and say the Lord’s Prayer before I go to sleep. My brain is always trying to fake me out when I say that prayer alone, because it was obviously designed to be said with a group of people, but it still manages to comfort me after a long day. That’s my religion. I don’t conform to any one belief, I leave myself open. I don’t outright believe the possibility of aliens and ghosts and such, but the universe is pretty big and I leave it open in my mind about the existence of abnormal creatures . . . like the platypus. But my belief about souls comes from the comic book THE SPECTRE who is the spirit of vengeance. The belief is that we put ourselves through our own private heaven or hell and return to Earth again and again until we fell we have atoned for any sins we have committed. The current Spectre is Hal Jordan, former Green Lantern before he went crazy, tried to re-create the universe in his image, then sacrificed his life reigniting the sun. So he’s got a lot to atone for. It’s very interesting, for it incorporates rebirth and reincarnation with the traditional beliefs of heaven and hell. It’s very cool.

Never mind that they cut the series off at issue number 27 with not so much as a howdy do or a big crisis.

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