I have just returned from outer space where I was trying to understand why
space was not a complete vacuum, and what the difference was between
black holes and white holes; ‘a white hole is a black hole running
backwards in time’ - you figure it out.
When I was in medical school, we were taught that ‘nature abhors a
vacuum’ - and it will thus attempt to fill it with something - even if only a few
particles of cosmic dust, probably a bit like Richard Dawkins - but he
produces a lot of hot air too, so that probably wouldn’t work, quite apart
from being rude.
I could give you lots of gruesome examples of ‘nature filling a vacuum’ from
the medical world, but then you might not enjoy your lunch.
For those of us still attached to the earth by its gravitational pull, a vacuum
is really defined as a place where pressure is lower than ambient pressure
(or one atmosphere at sea level). That’s why you get sucked out of the
aeroplane like Goldfinger, because cabin pressure is higher than the
outside pressure at 40,000 feet. And in case you’re wondering, he wouldn’t
have died because he hit the ground - he’d have been dead long before
that from asphyxiation - not enough oxygen to breathe at that height.
It would be fair to say, however, that it sometimes seems that the vacuum
is between my ears, and nature has a good way of filling that space up with
interstellar garbage, just like running into yet another piece of cosmic clutter
sent up by the Russians, North Koreans, or the Americans.
Unfortunately for us, we don’t have filters on our mental vacuums, and we
most definitely need them to sift out the amount of unhelpful thoughts and
sad ideas that worm their way into our minds. This is when we need the
mythical ‘white hole’ that can empty the trash; the University of Boulder,
Colorado, states it this way; ‘A white hole is a black hole running
backwards in time. Just as black holes swallow things irretrievably, so also
do white holes spit them out.’
Just what I said earlier - how smart are they!
But supposing that we don’t have a white hole in our head, and that
although postulated, they really don’t exist - then what?
Well, then we have to make sure that our minds don’t become vacuums at
all, and that we fill them with good material - not negative junk.
Paul said, in his letter to the Philippians, ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is
anything worthy of praise, think about these things.’
That’s good advice, I think, and it would certainly help us from allowing our
minds to become vacuums, where the cosmic rubbish like Dawkins and
Trump might get in; then you really would need a white hole to spit them