Your teacher will read “The Mysterious Everything,” printed below. Read along with him/her and try to solve the mystery. Listen to when he/she tells you to stop reading.
“The Mysterious Everything”
(Excerpted from the Flying Turtle website: http://www.ftexploring.com/everything.html)
What is this stuff?
Whatever happens is caused by it. Whatever is, is made up of it.
You need it. You are made of it.
Everything needs it. Everything is it.
It is everything!
You need it to run, to walk, to sit,
to sleep, "perchance to dream,"
to eat, "perchance to belch,"
or to make any other rude noises you shouldn't make.
You use it constantly, every moment, awake or asleep.
You can't get mad without it.
You can't get glad without it.
You can't get anything without it.
It makes the wind blow, rain fall, and lightning zap and thunder. It "feeds" volcanoes and earthquakes. It drives tidal waves, typhoons, and tornadoes.
It powers the universe.
It powers bacteria.
It is the Mysterious Everything.
Let's call it ME for short.
Most of the ME that we use pours down onto the earth from the sun. It is so eager to get here and start heating things up that it zips through the 93 million miles of space vacuum between us and the sun in eight and one half minutes. It heats the oceans and land masses and the air. It makes wind and ocean currents. It evaporates water, forms clouds, and drops rain and snow all over the place.
Plants, on the land and in the water, absorb the ME from the sun, then use it along with water (sent to them by the sun) and carbon dioxide to make more of themselves. They store the ME in molecules they make with the help of ME.
The Mysterious Everything keeps moving and changing.
Animals eat the plants. They use the Mysterious Everything that was stored in the plant molecules to breathe, move, stay warm, and to make more of themselves by combining the plant material with water. Then other animals eat the animals that ate the plants. Again the ME is used and changed.
The Mysterious Everything keeps moving and changing. It exists in many forms.
Over and over again it is transformed from one form to another. As far as anyone knows it never goes away, gets less, or gets more. The total amount always stays the same.
Though in the great scheme of things the total amount available to keep making things happen is always getting less. If we didn't get a new blast of it everyday from the sun, we would all run down and die in an unpleasantly short cold time.
Huh? How can it stay the same but become less? Be patient, all will eventually be revealed.
Stop! Wait for directions from your teacher. Your teacher will ask you to just listen from this point onward.