Final Lesson

His month-long class had been dedicated to the study of the solar system.
In the last few days we’ve examined the sun’s eventual demise — expanding into a red giant, then a cold black dwarf. Let’s take the opportunity of this last class to have a discourse on how each of us sees the future colored by the magnitude of these facts.

He’d tried to make the study of the planets fascinating, and often succeeded, and this open discussion really took off. Enthusiasm gripped the room, with wide-ranging perspectives emerging over the next hour.

So, let me try to sum up what I’ve heard today. Many of you have delved into science fiction narratives — half-robotic human beings watching the action from some distant space station or planet, safe in another solar system. A few proposed elements of religious eschatology, and if not exactly a heaven, still suggesting spiritual elements beyond the physical. Some saw humans as flawed, destructive — surviving at best a few more thousand years. Someone injected possibilities of pandemics and asteroids.

While imagination certainly allows for conjecturing a cyclical Universe and the whole process starting again, another Big Bang — truth is that current scientific knowledge suggests that we are indeed heading towards an end to everything in the Universe. Including this class.

I want to thank you all for your attentiveness and participation in our studies this month. Hold onto your sense of Awe and try to create something with your knowledge, something to distract us all from . . . the end.


© AleXander Hirka 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Heliocentric Redux 2019
Heliocentric. October 2018 writing project — one short sketch a day, under 250 words each, circling like a planet around The Sun.

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Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe.

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