The Conversation

By Brian Robinson.

A tree in a dish.

“It’s funny you know, you never see a tree lose its temper. I wonder if somewhere along the line they made a pact. Let’s face it, if they did fight, we would never have forests, just a sparse sprinkling of trees.”

“I’m not sure what to say to that? Trees and humans are different. We fight like hell yet we’ve flourished and taken over the planet.”

“Well, it was just an observation! Some things make you wonder, that’s all! Trees set a good example. That’s all I’m saying. Now if you compare plants to animals, plants come out looking really good. In the animal world, everything preys on everything else. That’s not a such a good example.”

“Do you think God got things wrong then? Should he have created a petrified world instead of an animated one?”

“I’m not sure, but I think something’s gone wrong. I think this universe sits in a petri dish, amongst billions of other experiments, lost in the corner of a laboratory.”

“It would have to be a big laboratory! And it would have to be on a huge timescale!”

“No, that doesn’t make sense at all. In an infinite universe, which is eternal instead of times, the laboratory would actually be impossibly small to describe.”

“What do you think would happen if God stumbled across his lost experiment?”

Well, I don’t think he would act like trees. I think he would most definitely lose his temper.

“Hello, we’re here.”

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