Pocket Universe

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     Both sides were still murmuring and grumbling between themselves when Dickinson finally took the podium. He was wearing his best shirt and made sure his jacket was nice and straight. He adjusted the papers in front of him, tapping them against the podium. The two sides continued on as if he hadn't yet got there. He leaned forward and cleared his throat loudly into the microphone. 
     Everyone quieted down.
     Thank you all for coming, Dickinson said, nervously running his fingers over his papers and the top of the podium as if he were frantically searching for something there that wasn't there.
     Now, a vast, seemingly endless universe. Galaxies scattered hither and thither. Every galaxy mostly the same. Every galaxy consisting of all the same stuff at least. Black hole, stars, planets.
     And in one galaxy, around one star, one planet among many others sprang life. The conditions were perfect. Life was simple at first, then got more complex.
     Sooner or later there were people. They too were simple at first, then got more complex.
     They fought about everything. They separated and they warred. They crashed and collided like waves against the rocks. They fought over land, over food, and over Religion.
     Then came Science. There was never a larger rift than that between Religion and Science. Whether God existed or not. Religion said one thing. Science said another- Dickinson was interrupted.
     A tall man on Religion's side of the hall had stood up, Get on with it! he yelled.
     Everyone on Religion's side, and on Science's side for that matter, mumbled and nodded in agreement.
     Sorry, Dickinson said, straightening his jacket and checking his watch. He clicked the button in his hand and showed a picture on the screen behind him of somewhere out in space. These are recently taken photos from our newest space telescope, Dickinson said still clicking at the button, showing photo after photo.
     And now we'll go just a little bit further out, and then just zoom in, he said, there, there you'll see it.
     Both sides of the chamber breathed and stared and said nothing for some time.
     Just what are we supposed to be looking at? screamed someone from Religion.
     Excellent question, Dickinson said, and zoomed the photograph in more and more, each time the little speck growing.
     The two sides recessed and went to their separate houses to think and debate.
     Science said they had seen the edge of the universe. Religion said it was Heaven. The public was indifferent.
     It sort of looked like what the concept of Heaven was supposed to look like, even Dickinson agreed; it looked like a big white bright edge deep in the expanse of the universe, further away than had ever been seen before.
     Science finally concluded that the edge was proof of the inflationary theory, they were seeing the next universe. The edge of theirs butting up to the edge of the next. The only problem was that now that they had discovered this edge of the universe they were somehow speeding up toward it. They couldn't fathom the acceleration, moving faster and faster, faster than all their current data showed. They were headed right toward it, or it was speeding up and headed right toward them.
     The closer the edge got, the more defined it became. Until it wasn't so much an edge they were looking at. With quite a bit of certitude they could see it for what it was.
     A giant hand flying at them from the abyss.
     Religion said it was the hand of God. He was coming to save the righteous, he was coming to take all true believers to everlasting paradise.
     Science was out of answers. No one knew what was going on anymore. No one had even heard from Dickinson in weeks.
     People panicked, but not nearly as much as anyone would have ever expected them to. It was all over every TV screen, every internet screen, and all over the radio; the rapture was soon to be upon them. The world as they knew it had only days before the hand would collide with it. Governments all over the planet urged everyone to stay calm and act in an orderly fashion, to continue on as normal, as if nothing were happening at all.
     Instead of hitting them though, instead of destroying the planet and saving the souls of all the believers, and killing all the rest, the hand just passed by them. It didn't seem to notice as they cheered and cried and held signs and prayed. It didn't seem to care that they were raping and murdering in it's name, or in spite of it.
     It didn't care if they were at work doing their job like they were supposed to. It didn't see them sitting hospitals with loved ones who were dying or drinking in bars unbearably alone or in movie theaters looking for momentary relief from the stresses in their increasingly difficult and sad and exhausting and alienating lives.
     The hand just went past them toward the quarters at the bottom of the pocket.


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