Beware of being too real, lest your “positive” new-agey friends deem you too “negative.” For according to these folk, if we pretend bad stuff doesn’t exist, it won’t.
– Ghostseeker, on the Waking Ambrose website.
Periodically, I get to tell students and other audiences about a device called an electron gun. It’s the business end of a machine called an electron microscope, which scientists use to see things in very fine detail. It also has other applications – more on that anon.
Basically, the electron gun is just a piece of tungsten wire, which is placed in a vacuum and plugged into an electric circuit. The same thing happens in an incandescent light bulb. The wire gets hot, and the hot wire produces electrons.
Now, electrons are
negativity- negatively-charged particles. Their entire mission in life is to achieve wholeness by seeking out the positive – which the makers of electron guns thoughtfully provide in the form of a copper plate (anode) next to the wire (cathode).
This is where I get to tell folks that scientists, at the most basic, fundamental level, are mean, nasty, rotten people. They put a large potential difference (voltage) between the cathode and the anode, so there’s a powerful attraction for the electrons to that positive force, and they flock to it at a very high speed.
Then, the scientists put a hole in the middle of that copper plate.
So lots of the electrons rush towards that nice, inviting, positively-charged anode and miss.
For the electrons, this is bad stuff. They don’t exactly have the option of turning around, they’re going too fast. They’re halfway to Port-au-Français (a god-forsaken spot in the Southern Ocean that just happens to be about where a rod stuck through Seattle and the center of the Earth would come out) before they even figure out what happened, and meanwhile the mean, nasty, rotten scientists get a nice fat electron beam to play with.
In electron microscopes.
And television picture tubes. Where the electron beam is aimed at a screen and turned into Fox News.
So you see? The world is full of negativity. For some couch potatoes, it is their whole world. Deal with it.
Hmm. I wonder if it was new-age types that were responsible for the development of LCD displays, flat-screen TVs, etc. Which don’t use electron guns.
– O Ceallaigh
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