Friday, November 14, 2008

Inertia...

Inertia is the tendency that bodies have to maintain their state of motion or rest. In other words if something is moving it has a tendency to keep moving, and if something is at rest (no motion) it has the tendency to stay that way. This is a basic rule of physics that most fail to realize but all assume their consequences. How? If you are standing in a moving bus as soon as it stops you have a tendency to continue moving, thus you need to grab something not to fall. Same thing goes when it start moving again, but this time the opposite happens, you tend to stay at rest.
Physics, this marvel that allows us to understand the concepts and give then names...
Why the physics class? Some of you might be wondering, it is not like I normally bore people the science geeky stuff (or so I hope). The answer is simple, although inertia is a quite known concept applied to the physical world, its relevance in the social behavior is somewhat more obscure (At least in my limit knowledge, I don't know this bridge has ever been done).
I think inertia goes way beyond the physical measurable world, it is a concept that is also present in human behaviour. In fact I think it is something you can't avoid in human behaviour, it is always in the background of our actions or inactions.
Before I go any further, remember that inertia is just a tendency, thus it can be nullified quite easily, at least in the physical world, after all we don't really fall while standing on the bus, do we (Some do but come on ;P)? I stress this because obviously when there is a will inertia has little grasp over the actions and inactions. When you really want something it is not a mere tendency that can stop you, besides after you start it works in your favour ;P. But I am getting ahead of myself...
This tendency is all around us, workaholics can't stop because they are moving thus have a tendency to stay that way. People that never worked have a problem starting, because there is a tendency not to. Starting a new project is always tricky, but working on it is not (at least usually ;P). Personally it is hard for me to start writing for example, but as soon as get going stooping is the problem. I could go on and on but the fact of the matter is examples are all around us...
What I want to do with this post is to say, beware of inertia so not to confuse it with dislike of doing what you need to do, beware of inertia when you feel tired so that you can see the big picture and rest. Simply beware of inertia and remember it is a tendency not a certainty.

P.S.- But I must say fighting it is quite hard, I normally say "A inercia e fudida" freely translates into "Inertia is a bitch". Normally I only consider it while in non motion ;P.

1 comment:

i said...

good point! Inertia is indeed a bitch. Lol. In my case, i don't mind getting carried away when i am in the middle of working on something. But my greatest problem is to fight my laziness to start working on something, especially on writing my articles :p while i am a researcher now, my life is about writing. I wish i had the same passion to academic writing as i have to photography. oh well... C'est la vie :D