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Chapter III - Life as we know it ends

My physics teacher in high school was named Mr. Bible and he was also the first openly gay person I met. All of his questions on tests involved Reagan appointees doing ridiculous things. I was intrigued by physics for some of these reasons, but I’m also drawn to understanding some of life through these laws. 

One of my favorites is the law of conservation of mass. Simply stated, the law of conservation of mass states that matter cannot be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction. With this is also the first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. 

Matter cannot be created or destroyed and energy cannot be created or destroyed. I’m not a physicist or chemist so I should steer clear of saying too much about this other than to acknowledge that endings are better understood as transferrals or changing from one form to another (transformation). 

I don’t want to take away the sorrow of endings by saying they are transformations not annihilations, but I find that it allows me to be curious and not as afraid. 


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