Cause and effect are an action-reaction combination. The cause is the reason something happens, and the effect is what happens as a result.
Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first.
What does this mean if cause and effect is obsolete?
This means one can change the outcome. Cause and effect says if a house catches on fire, that house will burn down as a result; this is what we’ve always perceived as common sense. However if cause and effect is not absolute, then this means one can go back after the effect has taken place and prevent the house from burning down. Or this means after the house is burnt down from the ashes the same house, brick by brick, can arise as if never burnt. Which of these impossible examples sounds less impossible? This is a perfectly valid question, because if what has been discovered in physics recently is confirmed then one of the above two scenarios is a reality. (Personally, I’m more prone to believing the first scenario; going back after the effect.)
The News media widely reported results of an experiment at CERN, in Geneva, in which researchers shot particles called neutrinos toward another lab in Italy. The results had shown that the particles traveled just slightly faster than the speed of light. According to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, this shouldn't be possible.
Michael Lemonick at Time says it would be "a complete upending of modern physics." "The implications could be huge. Particles that move faster than light are essentially moving backwards in time, which could make the phrase cause and effect obsolete."
Physicist Michio Kaku says in the Journal, "Modern physics is based on two theories, relativity and the quantum theory, so half of modern physics would have to be replaced by a new theory. My own field, string theory, is no exception. Personally, I would have to revise all my theories because relativity is built into string theory from the very beginning."
Everything people think they know about absolutes in reality would be up for questioning… if science has truly proven that one can prevent the effect of a cause then anything could be changed, and there are always second chances, even third and fourth chances; never ending do over’s.
What if time is a circle though and the neutrinos (which seemed to travel faster than light) simply cut across the race track, still barely beating the light.
Please read an excerpt from an article I wrote a while ago titled Meaning & Purpose In America. This part speaks on the possibility of time being a circle, and explains how once we reach the end we may be back at the beginning.
How can we live in the "will to meaning" if we don't believe there is a purpose to life? Logically we can't. Philosophically and rationally speaking only something can come from something and something cannot come from nothing. The argument against the faithful and unfaithful is the same regarding the question, "where did the first something come from?" The question applies whether you believe God created everything, or everything came from a Big Bang which came from the expansion of heat energy; where did the energy come from, or where did God come from? Suppose for a moment that just like light turns, (which Einstein theorized and was later proven,) what if time also turns, like a record. Just like planets, molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, and even universes, what if time also rotates, or is in some way circular. What if in the end we are back at the beginning? This would only be possible if time were a circle, and since logically we know that something can only come from something else, we must conclude that time is a circle, because in this format there doesn't need to be a beginning. (Interestingly enough Nietzsche had a thought like this.) The greatest minds of our time have created a machine that cost billions of dollars to make called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is the largest particle collider in the world. This machine takes up miles of space underground and the machine is expected to demonstrate the existence of the elusive Higgs boson, the last unobserved particle among those predicted by the standard model. This machine has already recreated a big bang on a smaller scale. What this invention concludes is a rather scary concept to some, but predictable to others; humanity truly can play God. Let's not assume that the Large Hadron Collider will create a big bang large enough to destroy the universe, but what if some day humanity does do this? Based on recent discoveries the thought is not all that farfetched. One of the most accepted theories on the universe is that after the big bang the universe starts expanding and eventually will stop expanding, and revert back to its source, and when the pressure is built up again the universe will explode again and start expanding like it did before, continuing this process forever over and over again. In this scenario we can see that the end is the beginning, the source of everything is also the end of everything...there is reason to believe in purpose if we realize our existece makes sense.
If time is circular and we could theoretically be the cause of this spinning record then let's realize that our purpose, our "will in meaning" is all that there is. All the power and all the selfish pleasure in the world amount to nothing, only the good we do for others has a positive impact in this world. Albert Einstein said that he believed if a human being were able to use their minds full potential they would become pure energy. Pure energy is the source of all that is, and nothing can exist, function, or think without pure energy. Something comes from something, and nothing comes from nothing. Something good comes from those that live in the "will for meaning", and nothing but destruction comes from those that live in the will of pleasure or power. A child will die, or grow up mentally impaired if they don't have love and compassion throughout their infancy and toddler years, no human being can survive without relationships. Science has observed that there are opposites in everything, for even all matter has its anti-matter, and energy has both positive and negative. What will dominate your life, the positive or the negative? What kind of energy are you?
Almost anything seems possible in this world today, so no one's faith is in vain and we should all live a life of meaning. We are all worth something, and our lives do not have to amount to nothing, so we should have every reason to live with a purpose and the will to overcome. Balance is the key to survival, but negative energy does not need any of our contributions to exist, so let's focus on the positive and do what is logical by living with a purpose, with a sense of meaning to life, not simply for our fallen nation, but for humanity as a whole. A tribe/a family will stay strong and survive through the tough times and the good, because they look out for each other and they don't live with the "will to power", or "will to pleasure" mentality.