For being Alive

Sometimes

 

I cry just for being alive

I cry just for feeling

The love of life

The joy of presence

The gift of infinity

Our eternal Deity.

Student Being

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We all sit in a library, possessed

Scanning the shelves, science,

Knowledge, politics, what book next?

 

We all read, like clever ones

Well educated students, learning

How to reduce the truth into Nothing.

 

We all sigh, with tired eyes

The experiments have all run dry,

Electrical instruments, digital; lost spirals. 

 

We all worry, sat here, expired

On a dangerous planet, resources exhausted

Pondering, tired, whatever possible solutions. 

 

We are all pensive, studiously lamenting

The end, or beginning, but something is missing:

Wisdom, or the desire of truly knowing

What it means to be full of an inward craving.

 

If ANYTHING can go wrong, it will

Murphy’s Law

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Known from engineering circles as early as 1878, this law is the idea that anything that can go wrong generally does go wrong, sooner or later. The formulation as ‘law’ is said to have been made in 1949 by George Nichols, a manager of Northrop aerospace firm.

The law is hardly reassuring for human comfort. It means that if an aircraft part can be installed incorrectly, someone will eventually install it that way. The same applies to technology; if it can malfunction, it will. I dare to say that we are seeing Murphy’s Law live in the terror of aircraft disasters. Something is going wrong, and it isn’t the three laws of thermodynamics, it’s the so-called fourth – coined by A. Roe in 1953, Making of Scientist.

If ANYTHING can go wrong it will is more likely to be remembered as a proverb today, but, lest we forget, there are indeed severe implications. The modern world must rightly fear the dangers of new technology – it is man the engineer flying in the face of physics/Nature’s law.