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The natural earth
The center of gravity of the earth
December 28, 1846
1. When you study a body, whatever shape it might have, with a scrutinizing mind and eye, you will easily and quickly notice that three features can be observed, namely first its visual outer shape, i.e. its form with all its natural attributes, for example its circumference, its surface extending to all sides and the coloring of this surface; secondly, you will essentially perceive a certain volume that has some diameter in its length, width, and height; and this volume of the body shows, according to its nature, some weight or gravity notably toward a certain direction.
2. For example, when you study the shape of any stone or, as well, of any regularly or irregularly shaped clump, you will soon find that its center of gravity is not located equally in all parts of it. In particular, you may learn this most easily from a bulky wooden stake if you put it on the water and it will always dip its center of gravity deepest into the water. Thus this is the second point which everybody can easily find in every object.
3. The third point with regard to a body is its true center. It should, however, never be confused with the body’s center of gravity. Thus every body has two center points, one of gravity and another one of its physical measurements. You may also examine all kinds of bodies in this way, and you will never find that the center of gravity will completely coincide with the center of physical measurements. This would not even happen in the instance of a perfect, mathematically properly founded metal ball, and this is because no body ever consists of so perfectly even parts that the point of gravity would coincide precisely with the actual center of its physical measurements.
4. For example, if you take pure steel as the most solid of all metal substances and you break such a steel bar into two pieces, you will easily notice the crystalline texture at the white crack, which will indeed appear to be strikingly uniform to the unaided eye. But if this fractured plane were to be studied under a microscope, it would take on an appearance as though somebody were looking down from a high mountain to all kinds of big and small ridges. But if such a difference can be noticed in the crystalline structure of one of the most solid of metal substances, how much bigger will such a difference even be in a far less dense body whose crystalline structure of big and small, dense and less dense, is often easily perceivable even to the unaided eye. According to this, the principle established above can be verified even more that the center of gravity and the center of physical measurements can never coincide in a single point.
5. Anyone can very easily comprehend this principle when manufacturing a scale. If one were to manufacture a mathematically perfect, symmetrical scale beam out of metal, as even as possible in density, and he would then balance it in a scale fork, he would find out that, even with such mathematically correct perfect proportions, the two scale beams, or rather the two parts of the same scale beam, will never form a perfect horizontal plane. But one part will be a little bit out of balance from the other, and the manufacturer of the scale will have to modify the scale beam on one side or the other with a file or hammer. The reason for this lies of course in the principle mentioned above.
6. But as this relationship can thus be seen in all bodies, it is all the more entirely typical of those bodies which are not formed by human hands, but which My power has shaped in a way that they have to be shaped in order to be sustainable. Therefore the center of gravity and the center of physical measurements can’t be imagined to be in the same point, just as this is not possible with positive and negative polarity.
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