Quantum physics and your money
I guess you are probably familiar with quantum physics?
Quantum physics is sometimes called quantum weirdness, because according to this theory, the reality we live in is incredibly paradoxical and strange. Quantum theory is concerned with understanding the smallest components of our world, at the so-called sub-atomic level. This world is smaller than we can begin to imagine; much smaller than the atomic level – and subatomic particles are the building blocks of our world.
The quickest way to understand quantum physics is to consider the Schrodinger’s cat experiment, which was devised in 1935 by Schrodinger, an Austrian physicist, to help us understand quantum physics.
Here is the scenario: A living cat is put into a box. In the box, there is a hammer, a vial of hydrocyanic acid, and a radioactive substance.
If an atom of the radioactive substance decays, it will start a chain of events that might kill the cat. A relay mechanism will trip the hammer, which will break the vial of poisonous gas. The gas will kill the cat.
In this experiment, the observer cannot know whether or not the cat has been killed. The observer is actually the central part of the experiment, and therefore the central part of quantum physics.
The cat is both dead and alive at the same time until the observer looks in the box. It is only the observer who, through his act of observation, determines whether the cat is dead or is alive.
This is what happens in our reality. Particles are in so-called superposition. They can be both particles and only potential of particles (waves) at the same time, until someone begins the act of observation.
According to this, observation influences outcome.
Finance is a great example that quantum physics is a decent and reliable theory on what our reality is, and how it works.
Money, like the smallest sub-atomic level of the universe, shows us its wacky behaviour! Money is both tangible and totally unreachable; illusory. It is both an important part of our lives and also entirely irrelevant. Everything depends on our subjective perspective.
Whenever you work on your finances, you almost always work on “something else” at the same time.
When you work on your debt, you are in fact working on your habits.
You not only set up financial goals, you also determine the future of your life.
When you decide to save money you will be focusing not on money alone, but also on your goals and passions, and also making changes in your lifestyle.
Having money and understanding maths and financial products are essential to achieve financial freedom. However, often the only thing that counts in our personal finance management are our lifestyles: our patterns of thinking, values, behaviours, social interactions, the way we make decisions, and understanding the hidden emotions behind these choices.