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Physics and Travel

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

I know, strange title. But lessons are transferable. Don't turn away yet, I'm not really going to go through any math here. I've long forgotten it anyway.

I am a leisurely reader of quantum physics. Sounds like an oxymoron of sorts but not really. I just read about the concepts of the science. And it is one strange subject!

Everything in the world is physics. We are biological creatures. Biology is a branch of chemistry. Chemistry is physics in action. Everything in the world is physics in its most basic form.

Don't leave yet!

As a chemical engineer I am familiar with the science. I know nothing happens if I put baking soda in a beaker. It just sits there. Nothing interesting happens. But add vinegar and you get a violent reaction. Exciting stuff!

My home made video:

So how does that relate to travel? I go back to my post on "interactional travel". It's all about the interactions. If I was to travel and stay in my hotel room alone, nothing happens. If I sit on a beach to relax, little happens. But go out and interact with people and lots of interesting stuff goes on.

Now I'll take the chemistry a bit further. If I put Sodium and Potassium together nothing happens. They're too much alike on the periodic table. But Sodium and Chlorine make Sodium Chloride, yeah salt. The interaction of two dissimilar things forms something new and more exciting (to me anyway).

If we surround ourselves with people who are like us, think like us, act like us, then little change happens. We don't change and neither do others. It's when we interact with other cultures, other belief systems, that we transform (hopefully not into salt).

Now maybe you're reading this and think, "well I'm happy as I am. I don't want to change". It's hard to argue with a happy life. But I'll tell you what I've learned for me (may not apply to others). There are regrets for not doing the things we want to do in life because of conformity (no reaction), and then there are regrets we never have because we never knew the possibilities.

Confusing? Probably. It's that last one that gets me. Not knowing what's out there. If I never know I can't regret it. But I want to know those things. And I don't want to regret them after I know.

If I'd never been to remote India I'd never known the deep poverty and oppression. But, I'm glad I went. I'm glad I've seen their pain (I'll post more on that in the much to tell). It's not always pleasant but the experience changes me to an extent. Interacting with dissimilar things cause change. I think I'm more appreciative today than I was. I hope I'm more compassionate than before.

Interaction changes things. In quantum physics there's something called "particle entanglement". Details are not important. But at its essence, when two particles interact (touch) the effects can carry on for near infinite time and distances. Particles influence one another in a profound way.

We are beings that conform to all the laws of physics. In our most basic structure lies quantum physics. Is it any wonder we obey the same laws?

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