Sen. Paulker Emmanuel was then my class teacher in the junior secondary three at Bishop Dimeari Grammar School (BDGS) Yenagoa, then he never wore the ‘resource control cap’, or sponsor bills, he was just that simple science teacher. He began his lecture of the day by stating ‘Archimedes Principle on the black board;
“When an object is wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, it experiences a lost in weight which is equal to the weight of fluid displaced”
Archimedes’ life Principle
Then, he continued by explaining with an illustration of how a bucket of water drawn from a well seems very light when bucket is still immersed in the water and gets heavier as it leaves the water. The same principle is used in the design of some Pneumatic instruments in the field of automation.
This article is not about automation, it’s not even about my classroom teacher and the number of bills he sponsored while in the senate, we may have that discussion some other day. This discuss beams on the relevance of this principle in our everyday life. Do you know how many people have drowned in Water Wells? do you know how many people have lost their buckets in water wells? Do you care about the reasons for such mishaps?
The reason is because they couldn’t overcome the real weight of their buckets, the reason is because they didn’t understand that their buckets will suddenly become heavy when it leaves the water, as they end up been pulled into the well by the weight of the bucket or they leave the bucket inside well. This principle forewarned that our buckets will get heavy as it leaves the water, it will not forever remain light. Realizing ahead of time that things may change is the first step to stand the challenges in life.
Is your bucket so light at the moment? Are things going so well with you? Great, everyone likes it that way! but, have a firm grip on the rope, the weight may change, don’t be taking unaware! Invest now that you have the opportunity, sponsor yourself in training, plant a seed, save for retirement. Someday, when you feel the true weight of your bucket, you will have the courage and strength needed to pull it out of the well. Archimedes Principle is so true, everything looks light when the bucket is still in the water, be ready when you have to lift it out cause the weight can pull you in! A stitch in time saves nine!
#Originals George Basara