Through in depth observations of the way the world moves, one will come to know the greatest secrets of the universe. Ask yourself, how are we actually able to move from point A to point B? What happens in the body and beyond in actions as simple as walking down the street?

On the most obvious level, we can say that the act of walking begins in the brain. The brain first processes external stimuli, analyzes the situation, then sends specific electrical impulses to the muscles required for the task at hand. On this level, we have very briefly defined the mechanisms needed to walk from point A to point B, but on a higher level, one should ask How is the act of walking actually possible?

If you look at it, you’ll see that in order for movement to take place there needs to be interaction between that which is immovable. In his book, De Motu Animalium, Aristotle suggests, “it would be impossible to walk if the ground was not still; nor any flying or swimming if the air and water did not resist.” The equation for movement we contain both that which is moving and that which is not.

For you to bend at the elbow, what needs to happen? We can say that your bicep is shortening, thereby moving the forearm towards a stationary upper arm. If the upper arm was not stationary it would be impossible to flex the elbow.

We can also say that the immovable element has to be separate from that which is moving. If your humerus was fused to the radius and ulna it would be impossible to find flexion and extension. You can see the idea move clearly when thinking about the process of pushing a boat from the shore to the sea. While standing on the shore pushing the boat away from land is a relatively easy task; and yet, if you sit inside the boat, pushing with the same amount of effort, of course no movement will be possible.

All movement, regardless of its form or function, consists of an object at rest and a separate object in motion. In this way, when we consider the movement of the whole universe, the movement of all of creation itself, we begin to see that such movement is only possible because of an immoveable, omnipresent force that is separate from and beyond the boundaries of creation.

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