In the most popular film “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, writer C.S. Lewis created the fictional land of Narnia, where 4 kids fall upon time travel and find the powers of both good and bad, and take a substantially greater part in that conflict than they’d ever dreamed possible.
Place during World War 2, four siblings Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund are transferred to the county due to the bombing in London, and start to learn more about the large house that’s their temporary new home. In a back room of the home is a big wardrobe filled with many jackets. Lucy, the youngest sister, runs into the wardrobe to hide from the other children, and in so doing finds that the rear of the wardrobe is no longer full of clothes like NYDJ Jeans, but a door to a different world. In that world she encounters a faun named Tumnus who lulls her to sleep with an enchanting melody on his flute. She finds that no time has elapsed when she returns hours after through the wardrobe to her brothers and sister. Seemingly time in Narnia is non- . (A view, incidentally, consistent with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.) When she tells them of her venture, her sibs rather chide her, but she remains convinced her encounter was real. One by one the others enter, but find this new world of Narnia is a spot that is joyful but is locked in the grip of eternal winter by the magic of an evil queen.
In due time the kids, understood in Narnia as “sons of Adam and daughters of Eve” learn that Aslan, the lion king of the universe of Narnia, is coming back and can help them against the witch. Nevertheless, once they learn now and that one of their own, Edmund, was deceived by the witch is really in her service, they want help. Aslan is not as bad as he’s strong, and with him all things are possible. He finally gives his life in exchange for their release from the magic of the White Witch, subsequently comes back to life due to “deeper magic from before the dawn of time.” (Wormholes into another dimension?) After much fighting the forces of evil with Aslan’s help and ultimately getting the better of the White Witch, the 4 kids eventually rule the kingdom of Narnia as Kings and Queens for what looked like a thousand years before being whisked back to England just to find themselves kids again playing in the old house.
Hmmmm. Seems kind of familiar…like something that’s been going on in our world for the previous few thousand years.
Well, be that as it could, and setting aside for a minute the clear parallels to Christianity, it happened to me that Einstein would have been first in line to view the film.
For one thing, Einstein, known for his immense knowledge, said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we currently know and understand, while imagination embraces the whole world, and all there ever will be to know and recognize.”
In the land of Narnia time was totally non-correlated to time in England, which is consistent with Einstein’ theory of time dilation. And wormholes that tunnel into distant areas of space and time and black holes and string theory and spacetime curvature… “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” has it all and more.
Go around, Albert, I am coming with you!