Friday, November 6, 2015

Daily Diary 11/5/15: Death

So today our fish died. We had it for a month and we were really good about feeding it, cleaning its tank, and taking care of it. But it died. Things like this happen, but I thought I'd write a little about it today. 

So I found another quote type thing the other day that pertains to death. Not necessarily the death of a fish, but like normal, human death. 

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral.
You want the physicist to talk to your 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 that none dies.
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 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 neutrons whose energy will go on forever.
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.

Aaron Freeman
I really like this because this is the way that I think. I think that this is a beautiful way to think about death and also just reassuring because your atoms will become something else eventually, and you will keep living as long as the universe still exists. 

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on this and if you have any quotes about this topic or life in general that you'd like to share with me!
P.S. Here's yesterday's post if you haven't read it already!

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