Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Mother's Ambition

Every once in a while, someone does something so brave that it makes you stop and admire. People like this make you remember that there are no limitations. Some people are worth following in their footsteps.

My mother has had an amazing journey. A few months ago, she agreed to read through a collection of books on being the parent of an LGBT child. I had a friend who could use her wisdom and insight when dealing with his own parents. My mother wanted to help somehow.

While at Barnes and Nobles, she had to special order one of the books. While telling the agent at the counter what book she wanted, the lady leaned over and whispered "I know how you feel."

My mother asked what she meant. The lady told her that she had not spoken to her gay son in some time. She had always regretted the things that they had gone through. My mother shared her story with her. "Your son hasn't changed, just your perception of him. Think about it, he's gone through so much. He could really use you right now. What else are parents for?"

After an hour of sharing, the lady was in tears. She wanted to reconnect with her son and make up for all that lost time. I think my mother not only changed someone else's life, but also her own.

She decided to go back to school. She says she wants to make a difference. It's been tough, as she's currently taking Math, but I know she'll persevere. She's decided to alter her entire life by going to college. That's something that takes an immense amount of courage and dedication.

She shared this video with me. Life has not always been kind to her, but she has shown a lot of courage in the face of adversity.

This is for you, moms.

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Membrane Universe

Alright, just a thought.

Let's suppose that the universe is expanding. Not too big of an assumption, given that it's the popular view at the moment. Let us also suppose that there is a law of equilibrium, so that nature tends towards uniformity. Also not a huge leap of faith.

So, in the big bang, energy suddenly forms in one moment in time in one singular space. Gotcha. What if the big bang isn't the only big bang, though?

The universe is flying apart pretty rapidly. This leaves a lot of space inbetween objects as we spiral towards uniformity, both in terms of heat-death and in terms of expanding outwards to infinity. This would create a sort of "reverse pressure" to pull more energy into the equation.

Only one leap of faith is required. What if there is a type of energy that we haven't identified yet? Let's say this "energy" is on the opposite side of a membrane from the universe that we can observe. When this expansive "pressure" reaches a certain level, a certain amount of energy could be pulled through into our universe at one particular point at one particular time.

Why, this would be a lot like a big bang.

Locally, this still means that energy operates in a consistent fashion. The equilibrium of energy remains, to our purposes, very constant. In our eyes, it can never be created or destroyed because we cannot create enough expansive pressure, or reverse pressure, in order to make energy appear or disappear across the membrane. However, it makes absolute zero an interesting proposition. Absolute zero might allow for small amounts of energy to enter into our system, or perhaps a lot of energy all at the same time if we can ever achieve it.

Or, let's say that the universe doesn't pull energy from some unobservable place. It's conceivable that black holes, with the amount of pressure and speed they generate, could throw something back in space and time. Well, as the universe tends towards uniformity, given infinite time, all things would fall through black holes. Perhaps these black holes simply throw everything back to the same point and time within our universe.

Well, then you'd have another big bang... well, technically, the SAME big bang, but who's keeping track?

Hmmm, just a thought.