Meanwhile, as across the planet, people either pretend to be very happy, or make no secret of being very sad, a fearsome force is at work, out there in the galaxy.
For every Black Hole, inexorably gobbling up space and all its contents, is a White Hole, inexorably gobbling up all the dark matter it can.
For a certainty, while humans go through their time-honoured ritual of loving, or hating the advent of the new year, elsewhere, little antimatter beings are doing exactly the same thing.
And as the Bible reminds us: "As above, so below." The planets and suns are all at it too. High and low, large and small, all the good guys are also bad guys, and vice-versa.
Like cosmic vacuum cleaners, Holes, black and white, compete for dominance.
And here on earth, it becomes ever more difficult to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys.
But nothing is completely good. Or completely bad.
Everything is what it is: deathless, eternal, complete.
Nothing is wasted, nothing destroyed. Only transformed.
There are no good guys. There are no bad guys.
Black Holes look good to anything made up of dark matter.
White Holes look good to anything made up of light matter.
Nothing is by accident. Everything is part of the pattern.
Our scientist friends, delving ever deeper into quantum physics, have started exhibiting surprise...
They started out to disprove God, and discover what the universe was really about.
And the deeper they delve, the more they discover, that something very odd is going on at the sub-atomic level.
Down among the quantum particles: the uber-microscopic specks that everything is made of, they are blinking in bewilderment at the realization that beyond those particles, lies a framework of pure consciousness.
Not a display.
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