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Escape Velocity: 11. Speed

Speed is a number, a ratio; the combination of distance traveled and time elapsed.

A vapor cone, also known as shock collar or shock egg, is a visible cloud of condensed water which can sometimes form around an object. A vapor cone is typically observed as an aircraft, or object, approaches transonic velocity. Atmospheric water then condenses, and thus becomes visible, as air pressure varies suddenly across shock waves associated with supersonic flow speed.

A vapor cone, also known as shock collar or shock egg, is a visible cloud of condensed water which can sometimes form around an object. A vapor cone is typically observed as an aircraft, or object, approaches transonic velocity. Atmospheric water then condenses, and thus becomes visible, as air pressure varies suddenly across shock waves associated with supersonic flow speed.

To begin, let’s talk about the sound barrier, which is of course what is being broken above.  Here’s the wiki definition:

“The speed of sound is the distance traveled per unit of time by a sound wave propagating through an elastic medium. In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is 343 meters per second (1,125 ft/s). This is 1,234 kilometers per hour (767 mph), or about a kilometer in three seconds or a mile in five seconds.”

In studying for today’s essay, I discovered the following fact from basic physics.  Speed, as a number, is something the physicists call “scalar” which basically means ONLY a number and NOT a direction.  North, South, East or West, up or down no matter.  You cover a distance, in any direction, over a period of time and you have speed.

Velocity, on the other hand, is called a “vector quantity” and that just means in a specific direction.  If you think of Thrust, which would obviously be one of our six directions: up, down, left, right, forward or backward, you have a vector.  All forces have vectors and thus can be measured by vector quantities.

You know, I had absolutely no idea of any of that before this Escape Velocity series?

Let’s apply all that to your dream now.  Whatever direction you’re running in, you have speed for sure.  You may be running faster away from your dream than in any other direction, but you surely have speed.  A human cannot travel through time – also known as living – and not progress in some direction, be it good, bad, horrible or heavenly.  You absolutely have speed.

BUT…does your dream inform a chosen vector quantity so that the time you’re living through mounts up, positively, into progress toward the reality you dream for?

We can say that unless your dream creates your vectors you will surely never convert your dream into reality.

Certainly we need to view this positively, not negatively.  A vector is a direction, a quantity, measuring force.  The very question of your dream is simply that.  What vectors – what measured forces – must be generated so that your dream can come true?

Or, where should you push, or pull, or walk or run or swim or fly?  What direction and how much force does your rocket require so that you will attain the directed speed necessary?

You know, I’m starting to love the word “vector.”  How about you?

2 Comments

  1. David Stadnick wrote:

    This is awesome! With each installment, this series has increased in me a KINESTHETIC experience of myself – my work – that is so strikingly different from any perspective I have ever had. I am FEELING it!!

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  2. Nico wrote:

    I can relate to this strongly as well. In his comment prior to mine, David points to the positive experience and empowerment he enjoys as he follows the series. I feel that, too. At the same time, however, I look back and attempt to contemplate the speed at which I’ve often moved in the wrong direction, the energy I’ve invested into the wrong vectors. It’s a tough lesson, but a crucial one for my future.

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

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