First of all I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year! Hopefully, we’ll be meeting more frequently, seeing that one of my several new year resolutions this year is to be more regular in my writings. Don’t get your hopes too high though, since like every New year resolution the probability of failure is very high.
Speaking about this article, I’m pretty sure the excerpt scared you. Don’t worry! I’m not taking a chemistry lecture here!
Relieved?… Me too! ‘Cuz I’m no chemist or physicist! We all know what I specialise in, right?… Rambling my own thoughts!
What I’m going to do is that I’m gonna take a page (a literal page, yes) out of our old, dusty Physical science textbooks and use it as a backdrop, so you’ll have to bear with it just… you know… Here and there…
To begin with, following are a couple of statements to resolve your apprehension..
- I swear! It’s just a FEW laws and definitions, that’s all.
- Are they necessary? Kind of… You’ll get it once I elaborate.
Okay. So here goes nothing….
1. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed. It can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.
Simple, wasn’t it? One of the few things that can be classified as ‘simple’ in this particular ‘area’.
We are all aware that the above statement is the first law of thermodynamics, which is also known as ‘The Law of conservation of energy.’
(I’m of course assuming that all of us did pay attention in our lectures and didn’t sleep or doodle. But I’m pretty sure that I could be wrong by a long stretch. Anyways… Never hurts to be optimistic, does it?)
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that if the entire universe follows this fundamental law, then there must be atleast some application of this law for us inconsequential mortals, right?
Those who have read my previous blog post might have a knowing smile on their faces because this is where we begin our brainstorming.
A little heads up here :- I’m not talking about physical mass or energy. Because if you are thinking along those lines, then you may think that the rest of the article is going to be an advisory on how to reduce weight or something. No! This isn’t some gym/ nutrition thingy. I mean yeah sure the law does work that way. If you’ll consume less than what you burn, you would of course become slimmer. But that’s not the point. (Overweight people… Cheers! You can relax and continue reading peacefully!)
The energy in question here isn’t that ‘quantifiable’ energy we deal with in physical science. Rather it’s that qualitative hidden energy that cannot be measured on a scale, yet we can make observations of it based upon the effects it produces.
Seems like jargon? Don’t worry, I’ll elaborate.
What I’m talking about is a philosophical concept. It’s something which psychology breaks down into several components such as a person’s mood, affect, conduct/morality etc. When I say ‘energy’ I refer to that driving force that’s present inside every human being. The one which makes him/her behave in a certain manner, motivates him/her to perform certain actions. In short, it’s that emotional/spiritual component that sets the course of a person’s life. It’s something that determines who ‘he’ or ‘she’ is. May be just for that particular moment, the next few minutes, days or maybe even for years to come. That’s determined by the intensity of the reaction that led to acquisition of the energy in the first place.
Let’s get crackin’!
Just like the ‘physical’ energy, this energy is also not something which is actually created. We are simply responsible for it’s circulation. Huh? What I mean is that this energy is something that we get from our surroundings. Be they inanimate, creatures or humans.
To understand further, let’s start from the basics.
The fundamental presumption here is that we are an atom (or a molecule, whatever…). I’m sure you guys know that atoms by default have a certain amount of energy in them. So do we. Next comes the influence of the external environment, the source of energy for us. So now, how do we acquire this energy?
Remember there was something called as ‘reactions’ in chemistry?
(I’m really sorry guys, but the definition is essential for us to proceed further. Boredom caused is deeply regretted.)