Robert A. Morse, St. Albans School, Washington, DC 20016; email@example.com The particle * speaks classically to Newton of laws that limit its life REST * * * * I am here! mark me how you will- my up, my down, my to, my fro, my right, my left- (Parlez math? my x, my y, my z.) But- I am here! make your references-choose your origin as you will my place is secure- your differing choices transform not me but your accounting - No specialty- no privilege- no sacred center- lies in your differing accounts. A PROGRESS (or not) * * * * I am here! you say I MOVE!- I say I do NOT! move- You say I do NOT move - I say I MOVE! STEADY- all that matters is to keep the moving all the same- unchanging motion is motion and no motion- CHOOSE your reference - You say I move, why then I move- steady and unceasing, straight as straight can be- (and yet unmoving) You say I do not move, then move I do not- steadily unmoving am I - constant in your eyes. (and yet I do still move- my constancy is relative)- I am both fickle and devoted- moving or unmoving as I am perceived-but unforced. CHANGE! * * * * FORCE me? THEN I change! Thy force enforces change - amassing speed I am no longer constant in my place encite me and my stance in situ’s lost. Amassing speed- enacted by compounded whims of influence, I change my place- classically my change is absolute- you force me and I’m bent for change- (in motion- my being changeth not) Compound your forces- add them up- the sum is all I feel- and feeling it my motion I adjust- speed, direction, both are at your whim- your agents push and pull- I see the sum and change accordingly- but wait- I have my own reluctance- sluggishness to do your will- amassing my reluctance to the changes - I aspire for STILL no change- we compromise- your agency acts on my reluctant victimhood, achieving your intended change but at MY pace- REBELLION or reaction? 0 * 0 * 0* 0* 0 * 0 * Yet while you force me - I respond and force you back as I am wont to do- There’s no change in my motion but you pay a price- large if you are small, and vice- versa if you’re large- but pay you must- your motivation of me has a cost you - we do indeed accost each other equally (if we define the coinage of this cost)- and everything I gain from you, you’ve lost. A fair exchange- momentous- energized- I take your gift and give you mine right back, and thus we find that everything and nothing’s changed by your enforcing ways- When the piper pipes, the piper also pays.
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