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This Is the Way the World Ends: True story.
Posted by Isaac, May 13, 2008. 4086 views. ID = 1296

This Is the Way the World Ends

Posted by Isaac, May 13, 2008. 4086 views. ID = 1296
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This post has been awarded 83 stars by 21 readers.

I took my mom to a Mother's Day brunch at a fancy restaurant in the financial district of San Francisco. My dad decided to tag along.

My mom admires the intimate setting, we marvel at the $40-per-half-cup Kopi Luwak on the specialty coffee menu, and I show my dad how to look things up on Wikipedia using my phone.

Then, inevitably, my dad brings up his latest readings in theoretical physics. He's not a physicist, and neither am I, but we share an inexplicable curiosity about the nature of the universe. We talk about how entropy cannot be stopped, and how the eventual fate of the entire universe is to decay into a thin, homogeneous gas slightly above absolute zero. Throughout our conversation, my mom remains silent, enjoying a fruit tart.

"So in the end, all this will be for nothing," finishes my father, gesturing at the lavish furnishings around us, the bustling city outside, and human civilization in general.

"These blueberries are delicious," my mother informs us, taking another bite.


We resume eating.

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Comments


Douglas
May 13, 2008
I love this! A simple little story, but a great lesson in it!

I'm adding this to the featured gallery. :)
   ~Posted by Douglas, May 13, 2008

Michael K
May 14, 2008
Thanks Isaac! I like this one as well. "We resume eating." - that's the perfect ending.
   ~Posted by Michael K, May 14, 2008

Queen Bee
Jun 4, 2008
Nice.

It's nice to know we can enjoy the day for what it is.

For me today it was vanilla ice cream with strawberries and multi-colored sprinkles as I watched my coltish 9-year-old live through the end of 3rd grade.
   ~Posted by Queen Bee, Jun 4, 2008

overmortal
Aug 4, 2008
You've succinctly tackled with one quick jib a concept I struggled with for several years. Good one!
   ~Posted by overmortal, Aug 4, 2008

clayman
Aug 12, 2008
"the eventual fate of the entire universe is to decay into a thin, homogeneous gas slightly above absolute zero"

I can't wait!
   ~Posted by clayman, Aug 12, 2008

Boy
Oct 26, 2009
It just occurred to me that your mom must be used to you and your father talking.
   ~Posted by Boy, Oct 26, 2009



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