Newtonian Physics: a Metaphor

Mitch Schneider
January 3, 2020

I started this evening’s video with a metaphor for Newton’s first two Laws of Motion. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to stay at rest.

Regardless of what you think, these Laws of Motion are for the most part irrefutable. However, they are irrefutable only if acted upon by an external force. In this case, that force was me as I rolled those tires from the delivery truck that brought them to their final destination.

Easier to Keep Things Going Than to Get Things Going

If I wasn’t fast enough or failed to apply the appropriate amount of force at precisely the perfect position on the arc of each tire, it would wobble out of control and fall over. Lifting it and getting it rolling again reinforced every aspect of Newton’s body at rest wanting to stay at rest for me. Especially, knowing that another tire was about to come flying out of the back of that truck whether I was ready or not!

I experienced the truth of Newton’s Laws over the past few weeks when my everyday routine fell victim to fevers, blood clots, and hospitalizations. Then, I found myself on in the hospital and on bed rest and everything came to a screeching halt! And, getting started again has been a more significant challenge than I ever thought it would be.

The smart money would suggest it’s easier the keep things going than it is to get things going. At least, that’s the lesson I’ve learned from all this. What about you?

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