For the next few weeks, I’ll be asking several questions. It’s time to look at general impressions of the Mandela Effect.
One of the scientists curious about Mandela Effect (and how physics experiments might be affecting our timestream) raised an interesting point: If the Mandela Effect is real, do people feel as if the “slide” from one reality to another was an improvement?
I’m not sure that’s an objective question. Also, unless someone can recall a point where lots of things changed — or a single event (such as the earlier death of Nelson Mandela) seemed to make a significant difference — I’m not sure anyone can evaluate the impact of a single (and perhaps personal) reality shift.
In public and private comments, very few people describe a Mandela Effect event that changed everything.
Also, by the time anyone realizes a past event “never happened” in this timestream, I’m not sure he or she can look back and evaluate (objectively or subjectively) what else changed at that time. Generally, I think our focus remains on the single, changed event.
Nevertheless, this is a question worth asking. (One answer/vote per person.) [This poll is now closed.]
Do you have additional thoughts about this poll? Please share them in comments.
UPDATE – Poll results
I ended the poll a few days early, since the results were clear. The following pie chart shows the top four answers.
The most-voted answer was “neither better nor worse,” followed by “worse” and (light blue) “not sure,” and then “better in some ways, worse in others.”
The following bar graph shows the numbers, from fewest votes to most.
“Worse” outnumbered “better” more than three to one. That surprised me. In this poll, 104 votes were cast in the United States. Most of the remaining 48 votes were cast in the UK and Ireland.
One deleted vote was merely a four-letter kind of insult that didn’t contribute to the discussion. Weirdly, it was cast via a “net nanny” type of server in the US, and that made me chuckle.
I’m not ready to draw any firm conclusions from this, but I welcome your comments about these results.
Roundabout photo courtesy of Colin Brough, UK