Fire and Ice

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice…”

Joanne and I were walking on the trail through Dyke Marsh yesterday evening, and for some reason I got to thinking about ‘fire and ice.” (in a completely parenthetical comment, let me note that “for some reason” assumes there was a reason for me to think about fire and ice, as opposed to it being an accident, of it just happening for no reason).  Now, I tend to think of fire and ice as opposites, like hot and cold or love and hate.

Aha!  I know the reason I thought of fire and ice.  It was really hot and muggy, which is what one might expect walking along a path through a marsh in late July.  And I am a bit overweight and was hot and sweaty and wished there was something I could do to cool myself off.  You know those little hand-warmers that you squeeze and some chemical thing happens and they produce heat, well I wanted one of those that you could squeeze and produce cold. Which seems sort of strange. How comes you can mix two chemicals and get heat, but can’t mix two chemicals to get cold!

And taking it further, you can strike a match and get fire, and set a piece of paper on fire, and that paper can ignite twigs and if you keep going you have a forest fire. But you can’t do anything (other than maybe shoot off a fire extinguisher) to create cold, and cold or ice don’t spread like fire can spread.  Except in the case of ice-9.


This is a picture of super-cooled water pouring into a dish that already has ice, and the water freezes as soon as it touches the crystal formation (I think)

But these is a difference between things crystallizing and things getting cold.

And more to the point that concerns Fractal Society and S-fractals and S-functions, it would seem that burning and freezing are opposite functions, sort of like +3 and -3.  But I don’t think that is correct, and I think this could be important.

About ten years ago I got into The Opposite of Terrorism, a group/project that raised money for non-profits by hosting parties.  This was just after the attacks of 9/11 and we wanted to do something that ‘was the opposite of terrorism’ POSSIBLY BIG LINK SET HERE>  so we decided to help people who were not “part of our group” by doing something fun, raising money for a homeless kitchen by having an Iranian based diner party.  We figured terrorists were interested in taking care of their own using violent means, so we would take care of others using peaceful/fun means.

Which somehow connects to;

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel

Which suggests that love and art and faith and life are all related to paying attention, giving our attention to things.

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