Monday, November 13, 2006

Physics Anonymous

Hi, I'm Rae Ann, and I'm addicted. And it's a problem.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

It's time for a twelve-step recovery program:

1. Admit I am powerless over my addiction - that my life with it has become unmanageable.

Done. I'm powerless and my life is unmanageable.

2. Believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity


3. Decide to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand God

From now on I surrender my life to the God of Cute Kittens.

4. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself

Done. I've spoken of things I know nothing about. I've sinned against science and nature.

5. Admit to God, to myself and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs

Done. The exact nature of my wrongs is that I've asked silly questions and made stupid comments and wasted the valuable time of serious scientists, possibly interfering with the advancement of their work.

6. Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

Done. I'm ready. Entirely.

7. Humbly asked God to remove my shortcomings

Done. Please, God, take this compulsion away, make me know my limits, and make me a better kitten lover so that my natural sweetness can shine through.

8. Make a list of all persons I have harmed, and be willing to make amends to them all

Done. Lubos, Bee, Kea, Mahndisa, Louise, Nigel, Matti Pitkanen, Lee Smolin, and yes, even Peter Woit. If I've left anyone out, please tell me.

Too all: I'm offering to make amends for wasting your time, etc. I'm not sure what kind of amends would work, so you'll have to let me know.

9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others

Until I'm told otherwise, the only amends I know is to only think of cute kittens and keep my mouth shut.

10. Continue to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admit it

Will do.

11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God as I understand God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for me and the power to carry that out

Will do.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all my affairs

Here, you have it.

I guess completing nine steps in 30 minutes is a good start. ;-) What cute kittens! I wish you could see them...


DHammett said...

Welcome back, Rae Ann, to the world of those of us who contemplate string theory as the proper thickness used for securing a kite or wrapping a package.

Let us know if the kittens don't work...we'll try to get your mind wandering on other diversions. ;-)

CapitalistImperialistPig said...

Psst. Rae Ann. Lumo has some good stuff - you know you need it. You know they wouldn't be peddling the stuff if they didn't think you needed it.:)

Rae Ann said...

dh, thanks, but you know, the only sure way of breaking an addiction is to replace it with another one. And kittens just ain't cuttin' it.

cip, oh, you evil pig! Kicking me when I'm down. Man.

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 14 06

Rae Ann:
You are funny! Keep on coming because we all learn from one another. Sometimes other perspectives are needed to energize a field. You have never wasted my time:) Have a nice day! You are pretty damned funny! hehehehhehe

L. Riofrio said...

HI Rae Ann, and you have nothing to be sorry for. I enjoy your posts and still remember your comment from July 11: "Can't blame a girl...when she's up against so much opposition." Your instincts have always been good ones. My big sister has a husband and 11 cats.

Rae Ann said...

Mahndisa, thanks so much! It makes me very happy that you appreciated the humor. I think humor is the only way we can get through tough times.

Louise, thanks! I really admire you and your work.

The Guy said...

3rd comments a charm.

I'm sitting her with my freaky black kitty "Sam" (short for Samhain, Lord of the OverDark) on my lap and I can tell you he definitely disapproves of you abandoning your physics addiction. I can tell by the way he is digging his claws into my leg. Ow!

There was a saying from Africa on the public TV channel late last night
"To not know is bad, to not want to know is worse"

Einstein said something like "science is just the ultimate refinement of common sense" so don't be embarassed by either your ignorance or your common sense. They are both of value.

Phew! this cat is smelly!

Rae Ann said...

guy, you've got one smart kitty! I haven't done so well with the quitting. I guess I'm off the wagon. lol

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks Rae Ann. Very thoughtful (and funny :)).