The Power of God - Collapsed Wave

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      Tom finds himself lying in the hospital bed, surrounded by many doctors who are trying to save his life. He just experienced a severe car accident 30 minutes ago. With many pipes and wounds all over his body, Tom is dying.
      Tom is smart and graduated from Yale ten years ago. He got a high-paid job as soon as he graduated from Yale, and became a CEO in only four years. He met his wife in high school. He and his wife now have been married for seven years, and they have two lovely girls. They love each other so much, and know each other by heart. Their strong and faithful “companionship” always makes others jealous.  People around him always view him as an ideal paradigm because his life is so perfect. He has everything – knowledge, money, leadership, family… Tom himself is proud of all these “treasures” he has as well. And thus he is sometimes a conceited person. He claims that there is nothing in the world that he cannot accomplish. He always believed in himself; he thinks that on one can control him except himself.
       But now, Tom is lying on the operation bed helplessly. He is half awake and half asleep. The only thing he can sense now is the dazzling light from the operating lamp. Gradually, he feels that his body is floating in the air above him. By degrees, a stronger light presses upon his nerves, so that he is obliged to shut his eyes. A strong power suddenly pulls on him and drags him down. Darkness then comes over him. Tom is frightened for he cannot see anything around him. The only thing he can sense now is coldness and darkness.
      Something is whispering: “Hey Tom, this is the Devil. Welcome to my Place”.
      “Hell, I’m in the hell now!” Tom’s voices are trembling, “No. Let me out”. 
      “No panic, no, panic. Now let me introduce you to your comfortable house”.
      Suddenly thousands of coffins appear before his eyes. And there is one empty opened with his name “Tom Simpson, 1964 Jan. 9th – 2013 Nov. 23rd” carved on it.
      Laugher then comes from others coffins. All the others skeletons stretch their arms out of coffins toward Tom, and try to drag him into his coffin.
      “No! No!” Tom screams.
      As Tom is shouting and struggling to get out of this hell surrounding him, the light gradually pours in upon him again. Now, he is lying on the bed, with doctors around. Tom releases a deep sigh because he knows that he is alive and the skeletons disperse.
      However, the “nightmare” never ends. At the same time, he feels that thousands of skeletons’ hands are pulling his legs, and hears doctors’ hasty steps and commands around him. The gentle light pours into his eyes, and gives him a sense of pleasure; darkness then follows, and troubles him. Tom cannot tell exactly where he is. Hell and the world are both confusing and clear. But all he knows is that he is dying. He exists either in hell or in the world. Uncertainty is everywhere. Any trifling factors may decree his destiny – to remain in the world or to be expelled to the hell.
      Tom lets out a deep breath, and tries to calm down.
      He cries out “Oh, God. Please stop all of this and make a change. I will respect whatever fate you choose for me.”
      Then, suddenly, a dazzling and warm light shines upon his body. Two angels appear, and they begin to sing: “God in the highest, heavenly father, who carries out power, and causes change”.
      All of a sudden, the skeletons and the coffins before him “collapse”. The darkness of the heaven is totally expelled by the dazzling light. The only thing he hears are the voices of doctors, and that of his family members.
      Again, the angels begin to sing: “God in the highest, decrees our destiny. One wave up, one wave down; Lightness up, darkness down”.
      Soon, Tom falls into a deep slumber.
      When he is awake, Tom finds himself lying in the hospital bed. A flash of sun shines upon his face. He gazes around, and sees no skeletons or coffins. Instead, his wife and children are around, rejoicing in his revival. Tom becomes elated: “Thank God, I’m alive,” he stretches his arms toward his wife and kids to hug them, “I’m so blessed to have a chance to stay with you and enjoy our happy life.”
      From that moment on, the vision of hell, the skeletons, and the coffins completely disappear in Tom’s life. Tom also became a humble devotee of God. He is no longer conceited or over-confident. In Tom’s eyes, God was the one who saved him from hell, and gave him a chance to live a happy life with his family. He deeply feels the power of God, the power of which is strong enough to control his life and make changes. He finds the most important “treasure” in his life – the faith in God.

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Quantum Theories

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W is for ... Wavefunction

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R is for ... Radioactivity

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