"Malena explains that friction is like tiny trucks on the skis driving up and down on microscopic mountains on the ramp. Niels helps sand off those microscopic mountains and catches on fire while doing so. By almost causing Malena to go tumbling down the ramp, Niels learns that friction is greater with two people on one set of skis. He also learns that while lubricants can be used to reduce friction, some lubricants are more effective and less smelly and messy than others."
"Deep meditation on the first five verses of the twelfth chapter will teach us the best way to handle controversial matters. In the heat of controversy, we often forget the real issue! Hence, Krishna reiterated the vital factor in verse 2. He does not beg the question nor evade it completely; discussion, argumentation and even controversy are good! Metaphysical "friction" is like mechanical friction - it generates both energy and heat. Energy is desirable and heat is undesirable. Wisdom in argument acts like radiator-water, enabling us to absorb energy and avoid heat!"
"Friction is like bills: No matter how hard you try, you can't avoid them. Friction can be reduced but not eliminated."
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