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Unfathomable Balance

The purpose of this blog is to unfold a seemingly boring sentence into something unfathomably profound. Here is the boring sentence, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Here is the unfolding. When your foot pushes on the ground the ground pushes on your foot. This is like butterflies, symmetrical and balanced. One half of a butterfly implies a symmetrical reflection in the other half of the butterfly. When you clap, both hands feel an equal and opposite force. The harder the clap, the harder the force. The unseen balance in forces is the symmetrical butterfly I speak of. Have you ever contemplated one hand clapping? I don’t recommend it. A birds' wings push on the air, and the air pushes back on the wings. Wind pushes the ocean into waves, and the waves push back on the wind. Sound vibrations push on your ear drum and your ear drum pushes back on the sound waves. Electrons push light, and light push electrons. The motion of all things from particles, to DNA replication, the dividing of your cells, your brain synapses, the formation of your thoughts, the motion of your muscles, the chaos of clouds, lightning, earthquakes, the spinning earth, stars exploding, and galaxies all exist within this balance, this symmetry. The movement of every vibration in earth, is guided by this incredible balance. Possibly infinite butterflies dancing in balance. You and I emerged out of, and exist within, this balance… There is more to this story. Something I can't quite reach, something deeper. This feeling reminds me of a quote attributed to Isaac Newton who discovered a snowflake falling to the ground is guided by the same force that moves the moon around earth, earth around the sun, and the sun in the galaxy. This quote has pointed at something deep within and haunted me since childhood, "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." Isaac Newton (In Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855), vol II, Ch. 27)


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