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The Wheels of Motion Don't Slow Down

When there's a societal fault causing a societal halt, the wheels of motion get braked, but they do not stop.

By Thavien YliasterPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 7 min read
Top Story - January 2023
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I will tell You that I personally enjoy the song "Wheels of Motion" by Dj Fabio & Moon. This is a song that I've enjoyed many a time while studying, working out, driving (some of the best times), or when I'm just straight up chilling having those baller conversations with a group of new friends that I've just met or with old friends that only adds to the memory track.

I love a trumpeting brass within a song. Being a musician myself, I can imagine one or a many of a great crowd playing with a whole row of brass instruments absolutely adding to the emotion of the song itself. The brass within this song really ramps up the "Get Pumped" feeling.

Listening to this song, I begin to think about a lot of things especially revolving around society and the dystopian state of today as it is and how we as people have always depicted a more distressing dystopian society within works of fiction. Just the genre of this music alone generates images from the movie "Tron" inside of me. Alas, the lyrics couldn't be more true than ever.

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It's weird to think about, but the song sort of rings true. For me, especially, I like to think back to when the lockdowns where mandated during the pandemic. It makes me think about this: "The wheels of motion never really slow down."

Now here's where I start to go on a tangent.

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One of my best friends and I invest in the stock market. We're only novices in comparison to most veterans. Even those that don't invest actively but have an IRA or 401k that invest a certain amount on a consistent basis have been doing incredibly well in comparison (especially since most of them have been at it for years, if not decades). It's a nice snowball effect. Yet, it's almost as if the stock market crashes, rises, and continues to crash again. Currently we may be in a bear market, and things may be getting better, but it all depends on how on views their relationship with money and the decisive actions they dare to take.

As a kid in history class one of the main things that always happened during a mass plague or pandemic was that "the poor got poorer and the rich got richer." That line made me think "How?" Typically most of the poor were so poor that they didn't have anything to inherit. The rich on the other hand had all of the lands, wealth, and titles to inherit. From animals to gold to political power, there was always a transfer of wealth that seemed to further separate the two. When the pandemic happened and the markets: stocks, housing, cars, etc. everything went into a spiral. When the prices of certain publicly traded companies dropped it was like waiting for a spot on the Ferris wheel. The only maximum height limit one could rise to when riding said Ferris wheel was the perceived value coupled with any capital gains (current or future).

My dad told me a phrase,

"Bears will make money. Bulls make money, but pigs get slaughtered."

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Now, on a different note. I wrote this to a friend a few years back and the quote goes like this:

"The wheels of motion are so monstrous that for them to slow down or stop, the entire society that keeps running along with them, all have to not just stop, but possibly even run in the opposite direction in order for the wheels of motion to slow down. If not you have to have people help carry you forward after the wheels of motion, they have to keep running, and they can only get you so close, cause even they may have their own limitations. The wheels of motion never sleep, unlike us. So, unless you have others help to push you forward, or keep you consistently within range, you'll may never hop on until you find it the strength to catch up within yourself."

Society, people, innovation, advancements, economy, the future waits for no one. The wheels of motion include all of humanity and the direction that humanity's moving in, regardless if it's for the better or worse. The wheels of motion have and will always be in motion even without humanity. How is that possible? Simple, the earth still spins, live still goes on. Apex predators at the top of the food chain eventually perish no longer fit for their current environment as mother nature takes its toll forcing many to adapt or become extinct. The wheels of motion continuously roll.

Now, can the wheels of motion slow down? Yes. Is it possible for one person to slow down, or even accelerate the wheels of motion? It's possible depending on the amount of momentum that person carries. For instance in the crypto market one person can massively affect the value of a digital coin by buying or selling an enormous portion, causing the price to drastically fluctuate. A leader of a country/nation could effect the economy locally and globally depending on the types of taxes/tariffs that are enacted and repealed. Thousands of people can change a nation based upon who is elected as a speaking voice for their local government. All of these things may be about the global state of the world itself, yet people that have enormous amounts of social, financial, and/or political power are capable of changing the acceleration let alone the direction of the "Wheels of Motion."

When I mean that people can help You get closer the main example that comes to mind are parents. Parental figures serve as a guide through life since they've already existed and experienced quite a bit of it, allowing us to avoid the pitfalls that ensnared them. One of the other major things is that they help to provide us with an education. Whether its homeschooling, public, or private, one's parents carry them closer to the wheels of motion, allowing them to get nearer so that they can keep up with the rest of the world (no, I'm not referring to keeping up with the Joneses). Education is one of the primary fundamental things that helps us to stay up to date about the current world we're living in and helps to provide us with skillsets that ensures our survivability. It could be as drastically different as living off the fat of the land and off the grid, to being a computer coding engineer living in silicon valley.

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Now, here's another thing about the wheels of motion. If You can't catch up, or maintain pace with them, You'll eventually probably get crushed by them. Weird enough as it is, I'm imagining a giant wheel rolling down its way like in the movie Prometheus while a group of people are running away.

"Why can't they just run off to the side?"

That's the thing, some people have managed to escape certain wheels of motion, while others have patiently waited for them so that they could make a grasp and hitch a ride. It all depends on You approach the wheels of motion, and whether or not You're in the correct position in the first place.

Some people have gotten crushed. Think of acts of war such as genocide, annexing, drafting, civilian casualties such as from bombing, etc. War can be one of the many wheels of motion, or one of the cogs in one of the many larger wheels of motion. When the pandemic happened and a lot of businesses had to close and downsize, a lot of people lost their source of financial income. One might say that those people have been crushed by the wheels of motion. When the stock market crashed a lot of people were losing money in their 401ks, IRAs, savings accounts, etc. A lot of them pulled their money out for fear of losing it all, thus causing more principal to drop and thus generating a negative feedback loop of fear of losing even more principal. Those people might be considered to have been crushed by the wheels of motion of the stock market, societal fear and pressure, and living expenses.

The wheels of motion are surely capable of crushing people, even those that are riding on top of them. For if they do not watch their step, they will be rolled over.

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Now, back to the beginning. "When there's a societal fault causing a societal halt, the wheels of motion get braked, but they do not stop." The wheels of motion may help and provide a sense of safety and security for many. They can also crush a great many people as well, as the wheels of motion are finite in space for those riding (well more like running) on top.

Some people may liken the wheels of motion to "A Game of Thones." In which one either wins or dies playing the game.

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So, what's the takeaway?

Uh... I kind of don't know, cause even I get lost in my own thoughts. It's a nice thing to do from time to time. Yet, I guess even that doesn't provide a decent answer. So, let's see if I can list a few decent points here.

1. Enjoy the song. Feel the rhythm. Let the beat take You to places in Your mind You never thought of before.

2. Remember that the wheels of motion never slow down for anybody.

3. Recognize Your position in relativity to the wheels of motion. Are You about to be crushed? Are You sprinting in the last 50m to catch up? Are You on the wheels of motion, but nowhere near the top? Are You about to hitch a ride? Are there others that are nearby You that You wish to help? Remember, just like an emergency oxygen mask You can't save anybody else if You don't first protect Yourself.

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4. Don't obsess about them. Continue to live Your life as best You can. One person can't change the entire world. Yet as a individuals our collected efforts together can make drastic changes happen a lot faster than what we give credit for. We are catalyst for our environment, for our world. To make certain goals happen faster, we can bring the probability of such events closer together, making seemingly the improbable possible.

Thanks for reading. Now, if You'll excuse me, I've got some running to do.

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About the Creator

Thavien Yliaster

Thank You for stopping by. Please, make yourself comfortable. I'm a novice poet, fiction writer, and dream journalist.



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  • Laura Vincentabout a year ago

    This is such a great read!

  • Rilayaabout a year ago


  • Hugh Anetohabout a year ago

    I feel like listening to any song you love the most has some type of emotion attached to it, For example, making you feel like you're the main character in your life.

  • Peter Davies about a year ago

    Great post

  • Zohaib Sunesaraabout a year ago

    A thought-provoking piece on the fast-paced nature of life! The idea of taking time to reflect and slow down is important in today's society. Thank you for sharing your words.

  • Alex H Mittelman about a year ago


  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    This is a great piece. I’m fascinated with chess moves in the economy and the linchpins that lurk. I really enjoyed reading about your theories. Loved how you weaved the music bit into it, it gave the piece some meaningful flair. Congratulations on a well deserved Top Story.

  • Caroline Janeabout a year ago


  • The rich get richer and poor get poorer. True. Pigs will get slaughtered. True. The wheels of motion never stops for anyone. True It might crush us. True Sorry, my point is, there was just so much truth to everything that you've said here. Very well written!

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Fanrastic and congrats on Top Story!!@💖💕

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    Wonderful and thought-provoking, Thavien! I truly enjoyed this! I'm definitely being spun around 🥹 Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    Shit, I think my shoelaces got caught in the spokes and I'm just being spun top to bottom over and over again. Great article, I enjoyed the read :) And of course CONGRATULATIONS ON TOP STORY!!!

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Congrats on the top story

  • Congratulations on your Top Story

  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    Enjoyed the article

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    I'm running, bro.

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