Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Seven out of ten quantum theorists said they believed the world was, indeed, ending; but that it was also beginning again, almost simultaneously, so as to make it nearly impossible to tell--especially if you happened to blink. Ending, beginning, ending, beginning, in an infinite dance resembling the stop-motion photographic processes involved in animated cartoons.
Three out of five street people surveyed said they believed that the world would end, but it was more a problem for their children to worry about. One person surveyed said the world had already ended, and that human history since the end of the second century A.D. has just been an obstinate phantasm.
The Flatlander has disappeared. He was last seen in northern Ontario, skating the park in his hometown and scrounging the basement vaults of Big John's Records for lost treasures. He has his cat with him. This is fortunate, for as the Flatlander is given to periodic bouts of extravagant daydreaming, his cat generally had four paws firmly planted on the ground.