Thursday 24 July 2008

Linking the thread

Who breaks the thread; One who pulls it or one who holds on?
I read this quote somewhere and just cudnt let it go...finding an answer to this became a question of integral importance for me. I asked friends, put it on my gtalk status, it was even here on my blog for some time as a poll.
Who breaks the thread...
Some wud say that the one who pulls it coz he broke the equilibrium.
Pretty simple huh!?!
Maybe not...
At times its important to pull the thread...in such a situation the one holding it needs to let it go...on his understanding of the situation lies the onus of salvaging the thread.
But then again one can argue, shudnt one hold on to what one holds dear? Should one just let go at a small tug? What happened to standing by and fighting for whats yours and what you believe in? Is all that phoney?
No it isnt...but then you have to recognize a lost cause. While not giving in may at times salvage the situation but then if the other person keeps on repeatedly tugging the other end then you know you have to let go of it before it snaps into two. Recognizing such a situation tests the true metal of a person's logical and practical judgement and will power.
Wow! How convinient is that!?! So the entire onus of salvaging the thread falls on the poor soul who is not even initiating the tug in the first place. Why shudnt the one who pulls the thread bear the brunt of the mishap? Is it to be assumed that his judgement and decision of tugging the thread was accurate on all accounts? Couldnt his logical and practical judgement be flawed? And if it is, then isnt it the responsibility of the other person to bring out the true picture?

And the argument continues....

This is like those unanswerable circular mysteries of human thinking which dont have a concrete answer. And how could there be one when what we are talking about is human thoughts and behaviour.
While I was swinging between these 2 stances, there came a 3rd angle which made this entire excercise futile....What do you do with the thread if its not broken? If one pulls it and other does let go of it, the thread is intact but is it of any use? Whats the big idea about salvaging it when it is not connecting anything? When the 2 ends of the thread have drifted apart, is it any different from another piece of junk?

Any answers anyone?

7 comments:

Surya, the Ayrus! said...

A very different supernova post.i still think the one who holds it hard breaks it.though your take in the end was a nice thought!

Spectator said...

okie. here goes my understanding over this mess...

someone is holding the thread and someone pulls it. it is as identical as injecting chaotic waves in a system of pure balance, pure equilibrium. in order to balance the chaos, the system has to react one or the other way. ( that is because a closed system can not have any energy loss, the injected uncertainty has to be balanced...) and thats why, the thread has to be broken. so if the first guy ( the one who is holding the thread) doesnt break it, the second guy is gonna break it. However, none of them would be aware about it, in fact they both will blame each other for the broken thread. Its actually the system and the rigid rules of system who broke the thread. first, or the second guy is just an agent to be blamed. If they both have enough understanding, may be, they will help the system to stay balanced by not holding it so rigidly, or by not pulling it so tightly !!!

Anonymous said...

when the thread is pulled, the center of mass is disturbed and by the 3rd law of newton (to every action ders an equal and opposite reaction) the thread tends to come down to its original position. with this change and the center of mass varying all the time, also the gravitational force playing its vital part, this surface tension at the most tension most part of the thread has no choice but to break up.

ancientmariner said...

i like the quote:-)

BaKfIrE said...

make the distance between the 2 end shot ...so that it requires a lot more to pull it apart.

Supernova said...

Surya: Thnx buddy...:)

Specy: R u trying to say that it is virtually impossible to keep the thread intact any which way?

Anonymous: That sounds like physics buddy. and next time i want ur name here :)

Ancient mariner: So did I :) but wats ur take on it?

Bakfire: Interesting thought but but what if even that dsnt work?

Spectator said...

it is possible to hold the thread intact, if and only if, person or the object at both the ends of the thread are identical or supplement to each other. so, the thread is never pulled !!! that is most likely and impossible combination of people. It's hard to find people with no individual (and unique) tendencies. so, not virtually, but also practically it is impossible to keep the thread intact. It has to undergo certain tension at one point or the other. the people at both the end should be understanding enough to restore the tension and keep the thread intact.