today i dropped a piece of toast, buttered side down
and it made me think of gravity and that clever guy,
the one who had an apple fall upon his head.
i wondered if he really knew, if he had a fucking clue
what it was that made it fall from its place within the tree.
the toast would fall no matter what,
it didn’t matter whether science
could stake a claim in what it was that made it fall.
we’re all just trying really hard
to pull together all the pieces
and make some sense of what is going on.
so i picked it from the floor and dusted off the fluff.
today i learnt what science really is,
it’s just a way for clever people
to put the world in little boxes
and give them each a name.
I had a conversation with my son about science and religion today. I think that the two coexist and I think that this Tim Minchin quote sums it up quite well. As humans, we are naturally very curious and the world is a confusing place. So it makes sense that we would want to understand everything about it. But we never are going to understand it all. It’s too huge for us to even comprehend, but science helps us put labels on the bits that we’ve explored.
Helpful, but my piece of toast is still going to fall face down so……