I wrote this 3 years ago for a Saturday Mix – Double Take prompt. Pierre-Simon Laplace wrote many books and around 1802 a conversation supposedly took place between him and Napoleon Bonaparte. On the question of the existence of god in the context of the new celestial mechanics models of the formation and operation of the universe, physicist Pierre Laplace said that he no longer needed the so-called hypothesis of god, as he referred to it, in the description of the mechanical operation of the universe. Laplace illustrated how to calculate the eternal destiny of the solar system according to Newtonian natural law and reportedly told Napoleon, “God is unnecessary to keep the planets in their courses.” There are, for better or worse, no scientific experiments that prove or disprove the existence of God. If God exists, He is not part of the physical world that we can see.
In 1974, Billy Preston had a hit song with ‘Nothing From Nothing’, but a long time before that Parmenides argued the philosophical principle that nothing comes from nothing. Parmenides felt that if the universe had a beginning, then it had to come from something; otherwise, it would have come from nothing, which is impossible, as there is no break in-between a world that did not exist and one that did.
God and Christmas
The holy name of God YHWH, was in the Hebrew language a word that was considered to be too sacred to be spoken by the Jews. This word was too great or extreme to be expressed, or described in words, it was the Ineffable name, the Unutterable Name or the Distinctive Name of God and it was not to be used. The four Jewish letters Yod, Heh, Vav and Heh were combined together to make this name, which corresponds to a world and a soul and stands for the four basic stages of the process of creation. No one today knows exactly how this word is to be pronounced, but YHWH is probably pronounced as ‘Yahweh’. The Hebrew language consists of 22 consonants (most Bibles list these consonants in Psalm 119 as subheads over every eight verses). Vowel sounds are indicated by placing various dots or small lines around these consonants. God gave this name to Himself when Moses inquired of His name. God told Moses, “I am who I am”, but in most modern translations it is usually written as ‘LORD’ (in capital letters) and it has been improperly translated into ‘Jehovah’.
Holey Socks, Batman! When I was young my parents wrapped gag presents (underwear and socks) and put them under the tree along with the real Christmas presents, because they thought it was funny seeing the disappointment on my face. I knew it would happen every year and I always had to open up new underwear, which seemed like such a waste of time for me, as all I wanted was the good stuff. I wish they were still around as I miss their presence and I could really use some new hosiery and a few new pairs of underwear this year, as that would be wholly appreciated.
Written for Fandango’s Friday Flashback.