"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 […]"

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"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
356

"If an industry or society can be destroyed by the truth, so be it; it deserves to be destroyed."

"If an industry or society can be destroyed by the truth, so be it; it deserves to be destroyed."

Unknown
5

"Evolve through competition. Flourish through creation."

"Evolve through competition. Flourish through creation."

Some wise guy
9

"That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life."

"That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life."

Chuck Palahniuk
591

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe – the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe – the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."

Immanuel Kant
4

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than Kindness"

"What wisdom can you find that is greater than Kindness"

Jean Jaques Rousseau
5

"The one who mends the broken window is sure to get cut."

"The one who mends the broken window is sure to get cut."

Quinton E.G. Chambers
5

"I wanted to look with love at the angry people so that their eyes would be forced to respond; and I wanted to bring gifts to the envious and tell them that I am worthless.”"

"I wanted to look with love at the angry people so that their eyes would be forced to respond; and I wanted to bring gifts to the envious and tell them that I am worthless.”"

Egon Schiele
7

"After all these years I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her."

"After all these years I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her."

Mark Twain
5

"I know of no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable."

"I know of no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable."

Sam Harris
9

"Every saint has a past. And ever sinner has a future"

"Every saint has a past. And ever sinner has a future"

Oscar Wilde
1

" I just guess that I wanted you more . "

" I just guess that I wanted you more . "

Me
2

"Look at the leaf fall. It doesn't blame the wind for coming too soon, nor worry about how it falls. When it touches the ground, it barely makes a sound. We too, must learn to move through the world with mindful indifference, taking joy and sorrow in stride, as though […]"

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"Look at the leaf fall. It doesn't blame the wind for coming too soon, nor worry about how it falls. When it touches the ground, it barely makes a sound. We too, must learn to move through the world with mindful indifference, taking joy and sorrow in stride, as though we were cosmic leaves floating along the river that is existence."

6

"Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is."

"Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is."

Mark Twain
9

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

Steven Weinberg
12

"Society is an illusion; be the magician not the audience"

"Society is an illusion; be the magician not the audience"

unknown
17

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

"When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

Winston Churchill
16

"Imagination is a biological portal into the well of infinity, that's why you're only limited by it."

"Imagination is a biological portal into the well of infinity, that's why you're only limited by it."

me
5

"I like this, us. We look like two people trying to be happy in a sad world."

"I like this, us. We look like two people trying to be happy in a sad world."

6

"Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily."

"Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily."

Confucius
2