A couple notices before we resume our business here..

1. To my brand new readers:- Welcome!

I do advise you to read my last post, Energy before you start reading this, because this starts off right where I left things last time and WITHOUT preamble. If you continue reading this without reading the one prior, you’ll be like….

Lost in a cave at Nagaon
Where am I?

2. To the old faithful:- Welcome back!

(Yeah, that’s it.)

Let’s start!

Previously on The Pensieve…..

(Well if you guys really thought that I was gonna do a recap just so that you could simply laze around, then you were wrong! Just go through my previous post if you’ve forgotten it, won’t you?)

Now, assuming that you’ve refreshed your memories, we come back to the question we got stuck at.

How can Chemistry tell us good from bad? Or can it, even?

It’s been two weeks since my last post. So, surely you guys must have thought of something. Right?

I hope so. Because I’m no fan of spoonfeeding. Okay, let me start with some obvious guesses.

1. The nature of the reaction. : Seeing that any reaction represents a change in our life at some level or the other, shouldn’t it be gradual and difficult with a complicated formula like our life?

Maybe. But that’s not the answer.

Let me explain why, starting with some myths which are prevalent owing to some statements. Such as:-

I) There‘s a right way to do it and the easy way to do it.’…


Well if that’s the case, then is methamphetamine a ‘right’ substance? – Because it does seem very tricky to make and requires a LOT of hassle to collect several of it’s ingredients.

(Yeah, I’ve been watching Breaking Bad.)

Sarcasm aside, several times it does hold true. The right way may not be easy. But sometimes, it can be as well. Why complicate things for no reason?

II) ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’…

Rusty old chains

Really?! Then why does rusting, an extremely slow AND steady chemical reaction end up in destruction?

Also, a seemingly explosive reaction can result in an excellent positive result. For eg: The formation of water by combining Hydrogen and oxygen. The reaction is difficult to initiate (it requires a catalyst such as a Platinum/Palladium plate) and is violently aggressive once initiated. But does that make the end result (water) bad? Absolutely not!

So it’s not always necessary to be slow and steady to achieve success in life. Sometimes you have to take action immediately.

One can argue however, that above mentioned examples are exceptions and that ‘in general’ the rules do apply.

But what chemistry also teaches us is that there are exceptions. To every rule ever thought of by mankind. You don’t even have to read the entire textbook to know it. They are abundant enough. We see the same thing in and around us. People are full of exceptions. So are our interactions. And that’s precisely why we shouldn’t ‘GENERALISE’ our interpretations.

2. Product analysis

What do I mean by that?

What I mean is that we compare the qualities of the product and determine whether they are better than our reactant. This is better done prospectively than in retrospect. That’s where the ‘analysis’ portion of our energy should be spent upon.

Well, if that’s your guess, then you are definitely close. And partially correct. But that’s not the answer again.


Simply because, like I said earlier, there are exceptions to everything out there. The result which you’ll get might not be as good as what it seemed to earlier. An innocent appearing substance can be lethal as well. While a dangerous-looking substance can prove to be a life saver.


Let’s start with the innocent guys, taking water as the example.

Ever heard of OD?

Overdose, that’s right. Used usually in connection with drugs having abuse potential, overdose of ANYTHING in this universe can be lethal. Yes, even water.

Overhydration of the body causes loss of essential electrolytes leading to complications which can result in death.

You might argue that everyone has that much common sense so as to not drink so much water. Okay. Then let’s take things up a notch. Think Big.

An apocalyptic event
An apocalypse

Does that look familiar? So now you get my point, right? Too much of anything can’t be good.

As far as dangerous looking substances are concerned, there are a lot of examples out there. Such as drugs. In minute quantities these potentially lethal compounds can save lives if used the right way. But in higher quantities, of course they can lead to your infamous OD poisonings.

In the above examples, what was the common factor that brought about such a contradictory difference in the result?

The proportion.

Now you’ve got it! It’s not just about the product, it’s qualities or it’s applications. It’s also about the amount of product. Or rather it’s about the amount of product AND the reactant. The balance between the two.

A better way to put it (since we have been all ‘chemical-y’) would be…. An Equilibrium.

Now what’s equilibrium?

(Sigh! Yes, yet another definition…..)

In a chemical reaction, chemical equilibrium is the state in which both reactants and products are present in concentrations which have no further tendency to change with time. Usually this state results when the forward reaction proceeds at the same rate as the reverse reaction.

The definition clears several misconceptions at once. Because if we are looking for an equilibrium, then:-

1. The reaction NEVER gets completed. There’s always some product AND some reactant remaining. Which may or may not be interconvertible.

2. Establishing an equilibrium is impossible in our real lives.

Why, you ask?


Equilibrium can only be established in a closed system. i.e. in a system where there’s no further disturbance from the external environment. Is it ever possible for us humans?

Yeah. If you do this…

Meditation for an eternity

Meditate for an eternity.

And even then, there will always be those inanimate surroundings and the tiny creatures which call that surroundings their home. Or…. There’s a worser, finite option….

Know what I’m talking about?


Yup. You got it. I’m sure you must have had a shiver running down your spine by now.

(Wow! I didn’t know I could write some sinister stuff! Kudos for me!)

Surely as hell, we don’t want that. So what do we do now? I mean what’s the point in learning about equilibrium if we know that we are NEVER going to be able to accomplish it?

This is where we learn about something called as an ‘ideality’.

What’s ideality?

It’s something that’s so perfect that it can never exist….

If you’ve ever opened your Maths and Science textbooks you would know that there are literally infinite examples of an ‘ideal’ this or ‘ideal’ that. The point is, that there’s ALWAYS some correction, some margin of error which scientists are desperate to minimize.

That’s what we have to do as well.

That’s where we get it all wrong.

We are NEVER supposed to be ‘ideal’ or ‘in equilibrium’.

What we have to do is that we have to get as close as possible.

The reactions in our lives are on going and ever lasting simply because one cannot exclude themselves from their surroundings. So the conversion from a reactant to a product is an eternal, reversible reaction which ALWAYS has an ‘equilibrium’. The ideal midpoint.

If you are close to it, you are defined by the society (or your own self) as ‘Good/Right’.

And if you are away from it by a particular limit, the same society/self defines it as ‘Bad/Wrong’.

And that is precisely why a catalyst can be vicious if used incorrectly. Because a catalyst speeds up a reaction in a particular direction. So what if it’s speeding you away from equilibrium? Then all that energy would go to waste, wouldn’t it?

So now if you think carefully, there’s only a couple of things that set the course of your life. You and your external environment. Both of which are tightly knit and co-dependent.

Remember how our elders always warn us to stay away from ‘bad company’?.

Quote from George Washington

They are right, aren’t they?

Because one way or the other, those interactions are somehow going to affect the way you think. Even if you think that you are too strong to be gullible to such environment, truth is that at the end of the day, you end up wasting a certain amount of energy on simply counteracting the opposing forces.

Quotes from Joel Osteen

What’s the point in doing that, when you could be constructive and use the same elsewhere?


In the end, it’s always upto you.

Quotes from Kung Fu Panda

Because no matter in which company you stay, which environment you are exposed to, there’s this eternal and inevitable flow of energy all around you. And YOU get to decide how to harness it. You may not be able to create energy, or decide from where and how you get it. But how to dispose it…. That’s something that’ll always be yours…. Untill the very end.

As it’s said in Kung Fu Panda…..

(DON’T LAUGH. I’m trying to make a point here, alright?)

Kung Fu Panda Quotes

When it comes to change, you really don’t have to try to change yourself into someone else. Because not only does that take more energy, it doesn’t last long and takes you away from the equilibrium. You just have to change you into…. ‘You

That’s the eternal goal of life. To try being your ideal self (Your ideal, mind you. And not some role model.) , while knowing full well that you are never going to be able to do that.

But maybe, just maybe if you try, you’ll be close enough….

So that’s it!

Before I dismiss this class and you go back to your peaceful slumber, I’ve a request.

Please feel free to leave some feedback. Be that positive or negative it really doesn’t matter. So that I can get my ‘energy’ back and I’ll put it to right use! 😉

It really helps. Like I’ve received feedback that my posts are too long. I’m sorry about that. Just bear this last one and I promise to try writing shorter posts from next time. And also someone said that the brackets irritate them….

(I’ve tried decreasing them this time. Tell me if it worked!) 🙂

Also, you might have realised that this concept is remarkably similar to what the Chinese call ‘Chi or Qi‘ and Indians call ‘Chetna’ or ‘Vital Energy‘. Yeah. I did derive inspiration from them, although this article was the brainchild of my own thoughts. If you want to read further into this concept, I do suggest researching Chi/Chetna.

Untill next time! See ya!

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Cam says:

    An amazing conclusion to a fantastically written article. Superbly explained and from it we can take away a token of how to live and change accordingly. Well done

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Wonderful! Among the most entertaining classes I have ever taken…
    P.S. Opinions may vary from person to person but frankly, I love your brackets (that is you breaking the fourth wall and for me that allows an insight into the writer’s own proclivities and intentions, always delicious stuff)

    Liked by 4 people

  3. floatinggold says:

    That definitely made sense. I actually think that we ARE able to achieve equilibrium, but the issue is that is a fleeting moment. Because like you said, there are too many variables to sustain it. In the brief moments in which I feel balanced I feel total bliss. It’s heaven. But then I blink, and am back to the struggle.

    One suggestion – the comment section is awful! Dark olive green background makes the black text of a comment almost impossible to read.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. soumitra97 says:

      Exactly! There are too many variables which makes sustaining equilibrium impossible. So we just have to stay close enough. You got it! 🙂 Although I’m of the opinion that whenever we feel that we have achieved equilibrium, it’s only because we have ignored some variable. Once we realize that we come to know that we still have some way to go, as we will for as long as we exist.

      Thanks for the heads up on the comments section. I’ll surely look into it and get it corrected! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Robin League says:

    Loved the simple way you looked at very complexed questions we all have. Enjoyed very much.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. soumitra97 says:

      Thank you! 🙂


  5. follypen says:

    I am really wowed…. A comparison between chemistry, psychology and reality….. Hmm…. And I see why science is life…. Fantastic!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. thebarefootsub says:

    I love the way you linked the science of chemistry with the psychology of chemistry. My first read of your posts and I will definitely be back

    Liked by 2 people

  7. travelkatx says:

    Another word for balance. And that is what it is all about. Yin and Yang. Re-establishing balance. The very topic of animist belief. Bali Hinduism today celebrates NYEPI. A day of fasting and meditation without entertainment whatsoever. Complete seclusion. To reinstall balance and harmony. Happy blogging…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Yup. That’s what it is all about actually. It’s not about the goal. It’s more about how you get there.
      Thank you for informing me about NYEPI. I did have a look and it indeed interested me, especially because I’m a Hindu myself. Albeit an Indian. So it may surprise you that I actually didn’t know anything about NYEPI until just now.

      Happy blogging to you too! 🙂


  8. Charlie O'Neill says:

    From the son of a chemistry teacher, very well written 😂👌👌

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you! 😅😊

      BTW, I tried checking out your blog, but it says ‘The author has deleted this site’…. Why? 😅


  9. rachelsteve2005 says:

    Hey! I love the brackets and I loved the way you explained something so complicated in such a simple and interesting manner. And yeah, I’ll be searching about Chi/ Chetna soon!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. The Pensieve says:

    Reblogged this on Your Thoughts and commented:


    Note:- Before I actually get to the matter at hand, it’s my request to you guys to read my previous (1st) post on this site. Because it kinda deals with what this post is about, and (more importantly) who the hell am I.

    If you have…. then we’ll do better to get going! 🙂

    The premise of this post is a question of whether science or rather physical science can actually help us decide what’s good or bad in our lives. It’s an attempt to explain a vague, philosophical/psychiatric concept through some solid facts and principles.


  11. Amazing! Seriously I loved it! I do have one question though: you mentioned at the end that you just have to be your ideal self, but how can you possibly do that when you don’t even know what your ideal self looks like?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thanks a lot again! 😊

      Well… It’s just about taking yourself slowly and steadily towards what you believe is a perfect version of yourself while knowing that you won’t actually get there. But if you try, you’ll get close enough😉✌️


  12. nitinsingh says:

    Wonderful, different ,thnx to share

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback! 😊


  13. sandomina says:

    Nature’s an equilibrium. There’s always a price. For every give, there’s a take, and for every success, a sacrifice. Enjoyed it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Yeah, that’s true indeed!

      Thank you so much for your feedback! Stay tuned and stay safe! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Rejoy Dey says:

    Wonderful. Amazing as well as informative. Keep up the good job.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much Rejoy! 😊


      1. Rejoy Dey says:

        It’s my pleasure to read such an a fabulous blog. Consider reading some of my little insignificant pieces of work and comment on how I can improve 😃

        Liked by 1 person

        1. The Pensieve says:

          Oh sure! Please don’t call your work insignificant! It’s pretty good too! I’ll give you feedback on your blog real soon I promise! 😁


          1. Rejoy Dey says:

            Thanks 😊☺️

            Liked by 1 person

  15. AshChase19 says:

    Gosh!!! What an awesome post>>>

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much! 😁


  16. a very detailed and good insight. equilibrium has been really well analysed, from chemistry, from Chi. I couldn’t agree more. It is a really well researched post

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much Parneet! 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  17. In depth analysis.A complex life.You made it simple for lesser mortals like me.It took quite sometime to read and understand but a good lesson to learn and remember.
    One gets what one gives.
    Life is really tough to lead,but possible to lead
    Thank you my friend

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much for your feedback Pal! And please don’t consider yourself ‘a lesser mortal’ 😅 ‘cuz we all got something to show to the world!

      Stay safe and stay tuned! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words

        Liked by 2 people

        1. The Pensieve says:

          You are welcome! 😁

          Liked by 1 person

  18. Cecil Porter says:

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    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback Pal! Stay tuned! 😁✌️


  19. Detailed analysis and lots of knowledge to gain.Thank you.👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Pensieve says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind feedback pal! Stay tuned and stay safe! 😊


  20. your a very gifted person to be able to write the many many many types of articles you had written. equilibrium is a balance and a unity to all. thank you so much for your talent and gifts to think so amazingly.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I feel really flattered to hear you describe me so! We are all talented in our own ways, Patrick! The key is just to discover it and put it to good use.

      And yup, you pretty much nailed the meaning of equilibrium. It’s all about finding the balance in everything.

      Stay safe and stay tuned! 😊✌️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. i need somehelp patenting my inventions so they can stay safe. tesla was robbed, so was i.

        Liked by 1 person

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