The Newton's Cradle Trap to illustrate the inefficient application of energy and time.

Newton's cradle - named after Sir Isaac Newton - is a physics model and device that demonstrates the conservation of momentum and energy (i.e. mass x speed). This model can also be used to demonstrate - to some extent - what occurs when the channelling of human energies are subjected to the presence of dualities (or contradictions) within a dynamic system.

The presence of dualities within a dynamic energy system, often results in a "to and fro jumping of choices and/or behaviours" between the duality extremes without "moving" or dealing with the source of the problem at all. This - to some extend - can also be compared to a car's engine running at 12,000 rpm's, while not in gear. There is a lot of noise and plenty of vibrations, but no movement... neither forward nor backwards (i.e. stationary and stuckness of human energies).

The Newton's Cradle Trap, indeed, is an unproductive application of human energies, a very uncomfortable and frustrating "place" for anyone to be in and an excellent platform to launch and maintain an acute state of cognitive dissonance, which in turn frequently results in playing the blame game to ease anxiety, reduce fears and counter act inner turmoil.

For illustrative purposes, let's use the physics principles and the motion of Newton's Cradle to demonstrate the unhealthy impact of dualities on the human energy system. Just bear in mind that energy motion in physics, is a whole lot simpler than human energy motions, that manifest as and in various dynamic systems.

However, basic human energy motion principles - in its most simplistic form - can be compared - for a better understanding - to the motions of energy in physics and science.

When one ball is pulled away and...
We experience a discomfort, a problem or obstacle in our life and prime our dynamic energy system to deal with it. We initiate actions, frequently - and sadly - using one extreme of the present duality (i.e. sourcing from some form of cognitive dissonance) to select (choose) and launch our actions.
...is left to fall,... We take action and "move" to address the problem, either physically, mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually.
...it strikes the first ball in the set and comes to a dead stop. The momentum created by the ball is transferred to the second ball in the set, the third, the fourth... until... We "tackle" the problem and are abruptly confronted with REALITY and the context of the problem arena, which is also - equally as strongly - influenced by the opposite/contradictory duality.
The ball on the "other side" side of the set acquires the speed and momentum of the first ball and swings out in an arc. We now "switch" sides and decide to approach the problem from another angle, this time using the contradictory duality as initiator for our actions.
The ball swings out, as far as the string - attached - allows it to go. The balls movement is momentarily suspended (it comes to a standstill), gather momentum and swings back. Time to choose and the regrouping of our resources to "tackle" the problem "anew" and with another way of doing things - of course - within the allowable parameters of morality and culture.
It strikes the first ball in the set and comes to a dead stop... again. The ball on the "other side" of the set - again - acquires the speed and momentum of the first ball and swings out in an arc. Again, we "tackle" the problem and again we are confronted - although from a slightly different angle this time - with the harsh reality and context of the problem, which is - again - influenced by the opposite or contradictory duality.
The ball swings out, as far as the string - attached - allows it to go. The balls movement is momentarily suspended (it comes to a standstill), gather momentum and swings back. Again we regroup our resources, adjust our approach a little and "tackle" the problem "anew"... AGAIN. Already the first ominous signs of a developing repetitive pattern is noticeable.
It strikes the set of balls and comes to a dead stop. The ball on the opposite side of the series - AGAIN - acquires the speed of the first ball and swings out in an arc. The fruitless cycle is repeated again, readjustment initiated and a different approach adopted along the same principles as dictated by the dualities that we presently experience. A recurring pattern is slowly rising to the surface.
Despite the energetic movement and momentum of the outside balls, the intermediate balls - for all practical purposes - remains stationary and in one place and only a slight movement is observable. Despite all efforts, time and energy spend on dealing with the problem, the problem or issue remains motionless and - as a matter of fact - nothing productively is accomplished to address and solve the dilemma of our stuckness. The issue just develop a life of its own and we become frustrated, stressed out and experience feeling of helplessness, frustration and "failure".
What actually happens is that the first impact produces a kind of "shock wave" that propagates through the intermediate balls and transfer energy to the ball on the other end which then "shot" away. Hard materials such as steel is very good at transferring momentum, where common objects like people in a bus queue - for example - are not, because "softness" tends to absorbs the momentum.
There could be number of reasons why we "steel temper" the problem that we experience. Maybe because of... past experiences, present circumstances, future expectations, suppressions, denials, fears, ignorance, ...etc. We are derailed in our efforts and instead of dealing with the problem in context, we focus our attention on the dualities and differences related to the problem, which then promptly destabilize our locus of control and a fixations emerge that - in essence - is either an imbalanced external dominated locus of control or internal dominated locus of control. This impact negatively on our emotional maturity, which may - or may not - result in a wild horse attitude and/or victim perspective on life.
In the real world - however - none of these processes has perfect efficiency. Energy is lost (i.e. wasted) in the suspending wires, friction of the surrounding air and sounds. The latter are quite obvious, as the clicking of the balls can be heard clearly. Toward the end of oscillation, even the intermediate balls are jiggling a little bit. Eventually, our energies is "lost" in other avenues such as constantly seeking enabler assistance, developing mind defence mechanisms and apply different avoiding techniques for example; BUT the problem remains "safely" and "securely" in its place, "happily" continuing to gradually drain our energies... till we reach an acute stage of depression, chronic fatigue, burnout, "medical unexplainable" aches or pains and/or we experience a final physical, emotional and/or mental melt down.

Being torn between two extreme realities isn't conducive to the human spirit, growth and development.

A Reality Check The Newton's Cradle Trap is a real life practical manifestation of Albert Einstein's insanity definition...
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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