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This is a share diary for those who may need a little peace today. I saw this on my favorite Facebook page I Fucking Love Science and immediately sent it to my daughter and told her I wanted this for my own memorial service when I am moved on. I hope it brings peace to those who may need it.

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.

-Aaron Freeman.

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  •  Yet another faith-based assertion (0+ / 0-)

    since we have not the faintest notion, not even the beginnings of the first actual, testable theory -- not even the merest basis on which to form such a theory -- about the nature of the "I"s who either ARE the meatsuit they toddle around in for awhile or are somehow inhabiting / animating / being in relationship with the meatsuit they toddle around in for awhile before leaving said suit less orderly.

    Tell the friends and families of those slaughtered at the marathon or Sandy Hook to take comfort in the knowledge that the lives and limbs reduced to pulp and mist were just a physical rearrangement.

    Pseudoscience: IOKIYAA.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:15:54 PM PDT

    •  Not a single assertion in the diary is faith based (1+ / 0-)
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      You seem to have totally missed the point. Too bad.

      I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

      by OHdog on Thu May 02, 2013 at 04:18:57 PM PDT

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    •  Rarely if ever do I repond negativley (0+ / 0-)

      to comments but I am going make an exception for you. First did you even read this before you made your comment? Your comment was not appropriate considering the content of the diary. Yes the victims families of Sandy Hook should take much comfort in the fact that the energy of thier loved ones has not left this world and indeed is still measured in terms of scienitific principles. I repectfully request you to actually read a diary before you festicate with it. (festicate-fuck with and investigate)

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