I promised to put up the first post of GRAVITY today. Here it is: for some, this post or series will be new information. For others, a reminder or a “jut from the rut”. Whichever class you fall into, make sure you do something significant with the knowledge you will gain.

At least share with someone.

Yesterday, our key word was “apple” and our key person was “Isaac Newton.” I’ll pick it up from there.


I don’t know what really happened. But whatever really happened, Newton realized that some force must be acting on falling objects like apples because otherwise they would have stayed up. So that birthed the idea of the force of gravity. Bingo!

Do you have a ball or a pencil around you? Or anything you can afford to throw. Not your phone! Throw it up – What happened?

It came back down of course!

Planet earth is surrounded by an unseen area called the gravitational field that pulls everything towards the centre of the ground. This means that if you throw any object up, it always return down [no matter how long it takes to do so]. Even you, when you jump, will always come down, except you’re on the moon!

This force that pulls us back down is called the force of gravity [or gravitational force, pronounced /grávvətee/].
Now, I can hear you say: what is it about the science lecture? Yes, I’m glad you asked because that shows you are following me.

The sad appraisal

I have used the gravity illustration to depict the situation in the world today. There is gravity in the environment. It’s so dense but you can’t see it.

It’s in the media that tells you that you’re not cool until you are like that movie star or that musician. It lurks behind your ears telling you that you can’t make it because Dad’s out of job or mom’s sick and there’s no money. It’s in the voice that tells you that there’s nothing you can do about that bad habit you indulge in. It tells you there’s no bright future ahead, owing to your present family background.

And he tells you blah blah blah…

Most people’s lives are like this:
They are locked up within the Gravitational field of the world system and are revolving the vicious cycle of “Wake up – eat – go to school/work – endure your boss/classmates/co-workers – return to a home you wish you never belonged to –watch TV/Browse – Eat – Sleep – wake up all over again.”

Well… depending on how young or “exposed” you are, there are enough vices to go round in-between this daily routine.

While this is the reality of many young people, there is still a yearning for more than to run the rat race!

In the race of life, gravity is the sand in your shoes that slows you down and trips you up. You couldn’t get rid of it if you wanted you, and it’s annoying. It mocks you anytime you decide to leap. Allows you to hover and then gently caresses you down.

Gravity is the pull-me-down force. It reminds you that you came from a broken home, so you can’t expect much from life. And you buy into that lie. It connotes the same emotional response as sadness, low expectation, inferiority.

In the 19th century, I heard that gravity wasn’t so strong. Young people lived competent and confident and were eager and able to mature appropriately. A 14 year old could make great decisions of discipline and maturity. Not so now… I think Gravity got stronger!

We are trapped within the forces of gravitation, within the debased thinking the world system has moulded in our minds. We now live for less than we should – low expectations.

Aren’t you tired of the gravity pull?

To be continued tomorrow…

Keep thinking,
Toluwanimi Joshua Babarinde

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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