Long, long ago in a country
far, far away, Anaxagoras wrote that
in the beginning
everything was combined in one mass.
Billions of research dollars later,
scientists said that
before the Big Bang, there was one lump of matter,
from which the universe came.
Democritus wrote that
atoms form everything we see. Then,
Epicurus said that they swerved
in strange, unpredictable ways.
Thanks to further grants, we now know that
of tiny particles that, alarmingly,
don’t always behave as expected.
According to Plotinus,
the entire universe’s substance
represented an emanation
from something without matter.
After exhausting their cash reserves,
scientists have now established
that the cosmos was created from
nothing except the laws of physics.
If only there were more money
for research. So please give, give, give.
(from “Seneca the Spin Doctor, Acumen Publications, 2001)
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