I love science. I love philosophy. I love learning. I love knowledge.
I love to ask the questions, do the research and discover answers, and I hope that my love of this rubs off on my children. Both my wife and I encourage our boys to ask questions even if this becomes a tedious questioning exercise as played out with our toddler. I’m sure you’ve had this conversation or one like it before…
Two minutes pass.
Five minutes pass.
“Still at work mate.”
As a free-thinker, I commonly come across books and websites that discuss paradoxes with the Omnipotence Paradoxes being very popular to include in such discussions. There are two pretty common Omnipotence Paradoxes;
“Can [an omnipotent being] create a stone so heavy that it cannot lift it?“
“What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?”
It was the latter of these two that I inadvertently tested the theory behind. I am 6 feet tall (or 183cm) and weigh 90kgs (198 pounds). Our toddler is half my height and about 15% of my weight so if we were pitted against each other in a wrestling match, the advantage is obviously all mine.
And I have wrestled with him plenty of times and I am always the victor. I wrestle to take his clothes off for a bath. I wrestle to put clothes on for the day. I have wrestled him to get into the car. I have wrestled him to get out of the car. I haven’t been keeping score as in, I don’t know how many wrestling matches have been held between him and I but it would have to be at least 730 a year allowing for at least two bouts per day. But as I have always won, the amount is irrelevant.
So looking at those statistics, in the case of who is the unstoppable force and who is the immovable item, I have seen my position as the immovable item as many times he has laid on the ground in protest and I have been able to move him so he is definitely not the immovable item.
Often times when I am dressing him I kneel on the floor at his level to put his clothes on. And often times he runs away from me laughing his cute little head off (I believe in Internet talk he’d be RALMCLHO).
And I don’t have to chase after him as it doesn’t take long before he moves in neutral, changes gear to full speed ahead and then runs straight at me. And he doesn’t stop. Unlike his older brother who has learned to slow down before he gets to me, the toddler is the equivalent of a forward in Rugby League or Rugby Union, or a Lineman in American/Canadian Football. His job is to run and not stop until he’s been taken down.
So I have carried out the scientific testing of the unstoppable object versus the immovable item and have discovered this;
I am NOT an immovable item…
And a toddler IS an unstoppable object.
Is your toddler an unstoppable item or an immovable object?