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Alice down the rabbit hole, or how to deal with the quantity of possibilities surrounding us?
How to deal with the quantity of possibilities?
I've posted underneath an extract from Alice in Wonderland. It's about that moment when Alice finds herself in a room full of doors and one key. They are all closed and she tries the key on all of them till it fits one particular door, but unfortunately this door is too small for her at that moment. You can read the rest in the extract,(when she gets small enough to get through the door and forgot the key on the big table and so on), my point in bringing this up, is that we are all the time surrounded by doors. Trying to find solutions to different problems in our lives we are trying to open them, sometimes thinking that it will work on this or that door, not fully aware if we are at the right door with the right key. I believe that there is a solution for everything, but it's not always simple to find the right key of the right door at the right time. It's of course amazing that even with magic (the drink-me bottle and eat-me cake) it's not that simple to find. So how are we supposed to do it without them?

 

“There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.

Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them. However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!

Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway; `and even if my head would go through,' thought poor Alice, `it would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how to begin.' For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it, (`which certainly was not here before,' said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words `DRINK ME' beautifully printed on it in large letters.

It was all very well to say `Drink me,' but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. `No, I'll look first,' she said, `and see whether it's marked "poison" or not'; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked `poison,' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was not marked `poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.

`What a curious feeling!' said Alice; `I must be shutting up like a telescope.'

And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high, and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; `for it might end, you know,' said Alice to herself, `in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?' And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

After a while, finding that nothing more happened, she decided on going into the garden at once; but, alas for poor Alice! when she got to the door, she found she had forgotten the little golden key, and when she went back to the table for it, she found she could not possibly reach it: she could see it quite plainly through the glass, and she tried her best to climb up one of the legs of the table, but it was too slippery; and when she had tired herself out with trying, the poor little thing sat down and cried.”
Books Discussed
Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

Films Discussed
Alice In Wonderland (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

Never thought of A in W like that before - very interesting.
“Alice in Wonderland” is an exceptional book, but though one could read the passage you're bringing forth as a metaphor about the multiplicity of possibilities, it is however clear that there is no such a thing as one key for one door - one solution to one problem. Instead of having to choose among multiple possibilities for one solution, you have in fact multiple solutions multiplied by multiple possibilities. Then it's all a matter of good sense in choosing your way or multiple ways. One must chose the reasonable time to give to one lane, and if it is not moving then start going to other lanes. It is nice that in life these lanes are not so limited as in your post-office and bank.
The Matrix contains a metaphorical "locksmith", the key he possesses allows Neo passage to the Merovingian; allusions to Magdalene and DaVinci codex. From "Fermat's Last Theorem", Andrew Wiles: "Being a theoretical mathematician is something like being in a room full of furniture, closed doors and no light-pitch black. The object is to exit the room and move on. Feeling about the room and becoming familiar with the layout, one hopes to find the exit, to the next room. Which, inevitably, is also unlit." 
 All human progress comes at great cost and risk, individually and culturally, owing to the dark recesses of the mind and the unlit future. 
Films Discussed
The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray]

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