The Life of a Flame

Written on: July 13, 2013

(A continuation of The Fire Dilemma)

The Beginning
Winter is coming… or has it always been winter? In the midst of cold, darkness, and harsh colliding forces, there exists a source of warmth… a fire perhaps. Due to friction, many of these colliding forces collided with each other and generated sparks. In many cases, a spark was all there is. On rare occasions, however, the friction caused by the collision was great enough to transfer more energy than needed for generating a spark. In this case, this extra energy was available for the generation of a small flame. Coincidentally, these colliding forces happened to have the ability to sustain this small flame, but only temporarily. Often times, these colliding forces were eventually consumed by the small flame.

The Discrete Entities
In a way, lighting up a colliding force would be like lighting up a match. A match cannot sustain a flame for too long, but if the flame encounters a material that can sustain it, it will be able to continue burning for a longer time. In the midst of cold, darkness, harsh colliding forces, and a source of warmth; there also happened to be some oily substances, existing in discrete entities. Sometimes, the colliding forces carrying small flames would fall into one of these oily entities. As these entities receive energy from the small flames, they would automatically do all they can to protect their flame. For whatever reasons, the oily entities crave the energy given off by the flame.

The Powerful Flame
A flame is extremely fragile, as the harsh colliding forces that carry those small flames could also put it out (e.g. imagine blowing out a candle). However, the trade-off is that a flame has a powerful potential for many things. “Things” is as vague and ambiguous as can be. Different entities tend to interpret things differently. Furthermore, an oily entity has the capacity to carry only one flame of a certain size at a certain time. Having excessive energy would only burn itself out. Anyway, as powerful as a flame could potentially be, it would never be as powerful as the original source of warmth (i.e. that perhaps-fire).

The Premature Flame
Sometimes, the colliding forces might swift though a flamed entity. As it does so, it picks up some of the energy that the entity holds (i.e. a tiny premature flame), and then falls into a new oily entity with that tiny premature flame. Other colliding forces might also fall into this new oily entity at the same time. Some of these colliding forces might have carried the small flame that was originally generated from the friction mentioned at the beginning. Yet others might have carried a tiny premature flame from yet another oily entity. When enough energy (i.e. tiny premature flames and/or small flames) falls into this new oily entity at one time range, this might allow the new entity to generate and sustain its own flame. Other mature entities might aid to preserve this new flame, as a bit of their own flames now exist within this new entity.

The End of the Flame
While an oily entity could potentially carry one flame for a relatively infinite amount of time, the condition beyond the entity do not usually allow the flame to stay on the entity for a very long time. The harsh colliding forces out there will always be there to take a part of the flame away, while transferring the energy onto a new entity (i.e. picking up a tiny premature flame from a mature entity and falling into a new entity with it). As much as an entity tries to preserve its flame, it is no match against too much colliding forces. When there are too much colliding forces passing through an entity, too much of the flame would be carried away before the entity could regenerate the flame. This is when the flame goes out. Thus, the entity would appear to have ceased to exist, until it is lit again by a new flame. When this happens, the entity will still be the same entity, but it will now carry a completely new flame – a flame of a different form, generated by the tiny premature flames and/or the small flames carried by the colliding forces.



1) TV series: “A Change of Heart”
2) A ceremony that involved lighting candles on a cold and windy evening
3) Coco & Rosi’s very different personalities
4) Death of my Ghost Shrimps
5) Birth of my Gold Honey Dwarf Gourami fry
6) The neuron and its action potential
7) Course on Comparative World Religions
8) Course on Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Published on July 13, 2013

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