Schrödinger’s Baby

Ms Schrödinger is pregnant; and Ms Schrödinger is not.

Her pregnancy confirmed, she experienced joy or resignation; and she cursed the inconvenience or shrugged her shoulders.  She sought advice from her friends about obstetricians; and she sought advice about clinics and prescription drugs.  She has expectations of new life; and she has expectations of her old life. She is immersed in a whirlpool of change and growth, of ultrasound images and another heartbeat, of wonder and retching sickness, of anxiety about the future; and she has recovered the status and statis of the recent past.

Her state is an impartial differential function.  What will collapse this function, so that we may discover whether Ms Schrödinger’s baby is alive or dead?  Does Ms Schrödinger choose?

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…

No, she cannot “choose life,” for no choice is required to bring this new life to parturition.  Ms Schrödinger chose life before her baby was conceived.  From that point on, the “default course” is life, and the new life drives on relentlessly to growth and birth and growth again.  In this respect, there is only one action to decide upon, one thing to choose: death. So a strange “choice” resolves this function.  Ms Schrödinger either walks the path she has already set herself upon, or tries to rewrite her own history by killing the witness.

To kill or not to kill: what will it be this time, Ms Schrödinger?  She is life-bearer and she is Kali.  She is the god-mother.  She cannot create life, but she can destroy it.

Unbeknownst to them, the children in the womb must pass quietly by the sleeping Kali, lest she wake and consume them.

In this way, every woman in this society has been given a licence to kill; but only her own children.  The law is not written in that way, but that is its effect, and was its intention.  The letter of the law is flouted systematically, and so the principle of law itself has been subjected to the will of the god-mother.  Ethics has been democratised, and the law which once reflected millenial ethical traditions of its culture in respect of the murder of the unborn, has come under the sovereignty of Kali.

Ave Kali! Hail Ms Schrödinger!


For Christmastide, and for the feast of the Holy Innocents, 28th of December.

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