The Thing About Fluidity

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In physics, a state of matter is one of the distinct forms in which matter can exist. Four states of matter are observable in everyday life: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Historically, the distinction is made based on qualitative differences in properties. Matter in the solid state maintains a fixed volume (assuming no change in temperature or air pressure) and shape, with component particles (atoms, molecules or ions) close together and fixed into place. Matter in the liquid state maintains a fixed volume (assuming no change in temperature or air pressure), but has a variable shape that adapts to fit its container. Its particles are still close together but move freely. Matter in the gaseous state has both variable volume and shape, adapting both to fit its container. Its particles are neither close together nor fixed in place. Matter in the plasma state has variable volume and shape, and contains neutral atoms as well as a significant number of ions and electrons, both of which can move around freely. (

Why the physics lesson you ask….that is, if you have read down this far…. it is to illustrate a point.

Three of the four states of matter do not have fixed shapes – they adapt to fit the container. It is, as it were, that matter in these states are dependent upon other containers if they are to have a shape or form.

Solid, on the other hand, is not dependent. If you have a solid thing – say a billiard cube – and set it on the table or floor the shape remains the same – it is not dependent upon its environment. If you place the billiard ball inside a bucket of water, the ball displaces the water and the water forms itself around the ball. The water’s (a liquid) shape is dependent upon the solid shapes near of around it.

I saw a video wherein Demi Lavato claimed to be a fluid person . What that should mean is that there is nothing fixed about her and she is completely dependent upon her environment to determine who she is. No matter how she might try to express her “fluidity” in positive terms, the reality…the state of matter… is that she is saying she has no say-so, no control whatsoever over who she is. She is utterly dependent upon her surroundings to determine her shape.

Does this sound laudable? Is this how you want to be? Is this how you want your children to be? Or does is sound better for you NOT to be a slave to the society around you, but rather you be the strong center around which you determine what goes on around you?

Fluid people are not the strong ones in our world. Fluid people are not the ones to emulate and model ourselves after. Now please don’t get me wrong. Flexibility in people is a fine trait – when flexibility is contrasted with rigidity. Strive for flexibility and adaptability… not fluidity.

Look carefully at who and what you are… in your objective natural state and let the world know that… and then shape the world around you.


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