Wednesday 10 December 2008

It's all over

The expression "there's a black hole at the centre of it" is usually taken to mean that It, whatever it may be, is in trouble, that it will eat itself, that it hasn't long for the world.  

It turns out that there really is a black hole at the centre of it, it in this case being everything, the universe. From the mouths of scientists come lurid images of the Hole devouring all that comes close - planets, stars, whole galaxies - like some ancient monster lurking in a mountain cave, preying on passing travellers.

The BOF is not alarmed by this. He has always enjoyed symmetry and what could be more symmetrical than the proposition scientists are laying before us now? If they are right, it all came from nothing and will all end up being sucked back into nothing.

But Mr Sam Beckett got there first. 

"They give birth astride of a grave; the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more".

A comforting, warm thought.

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