Sit Down, Nikola


{Denise gracefully hosts Six Sentence Stories, where writers unleash their magic under one simple rule: in no more or no less than 6 sentences.
This week’s prompt word is : ENERGY }


“I learned very early the difference of knowing the name of something & knowing something.”
Richard Feynman



A student at the class of a school at the Hapsburg Empire was reluctantly raising his hand as the physics teacher was finishing his introduction into what we today refer as the law of conservation of energy: “Life force cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transformed from one form to another.”

But sir, what is that life force?” he managed to say before the answer came faster than a discharge from a magnifying transmitter; ” Sit down, Nikola!”

Years later, around 1880, the same student found himself again in the middle of a dispute with his professor at the university of Graz; “But sir, surely you cannot say that the capacity to perform work is a definition of energy; it is merely a mathematical description of its various manifestations and equivalencies to predict potential effects…energy’s composition and origin are nowhere to be found.”

The professor’s answer with his carotid arteries extruding like undersea current cables, filled the amphitheater: “Sit down, Nikola!”

Nikola Tesla made his suitcase and in 1884 arrived  in New York with nothing but his inquisitive spirit and four cents in his wallet.

It was December of 1899 when Nikola sat down once again, this time at his laboratory at Colorado Springs, as he has just lit 200 lamps without wires from a distance of 40 km; a bitter smile was on his face as he recalled all these times he was ordered with authoritative force… Don’t worry professor, Nikola sat down…



“If you want to find the secrets of the universe,
think in terms of energy, frequency & vibration.”
Nikola Tesla




Spira / Nick © October 2022



About Spira

” The eternal part of our being is conscious of the timeless essence of life & is aware that the past is nothing but a memento of the present and tomorrow a dream of the now. The very thing meditating & singing from within, remains always inside the boundaries of the primordial instant that scattered the stars into the cosmos.” Kh.Gibran

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  1. Ah this so reminds me of my studies at college. I was a Physics student and I recall many days when we did experiments with a Van De Graaf generator making peoples hair stand on end and making them jump with static shocks (don’t worry it was perfectly safe and supervised as our tutor carried out the pranks himself!)
    But on a serious note, I remember that one Joule of energy is required to raise the temperature of one cubic centimetre of water by one degree. And if you were to place an average sized salted peanut on a spike and set it on fire, the peanut would give off roughly that one Joule amount of energy stored within it as it burns. Strange how I remember that!

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    • Hey FT, I reckon these were good memories to be brought up by my story. A hands on tutor 😆

      I do not have an academic background in Physics but I still maintain the position that we do not know what energy is.
      I have yet to find someone to convince me otherwise.
      Sure we know energy’s properties, effects, we can transfer, harness various types of it but…what it is remains elusive.
      I hope Mr. Tesla won’t mind using him to storyboard my opinion!

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your memories.
      (Your Comic Con appearance was epic!)

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      • Hello again, I don’t recall there actually being a true definition/explanation of what energy is except maybe it is a Force. However, that is confusing too because as you mention there are numerous types of energy that don’t share similar properties, so I’m stumped too. My tutor’s demonstrations were still fun though (and shocking).
        And thank you for the kind comment about my Comic-Con adventure, I am planning to attend more events next year and hopefully will have a better camera setup to capture all the action.

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  2. Excellent, Nick! That last sentence proves to me that Tesla was not only determined and a genius …. he also had a sense of humor! 💫

    BTW – How was your live stream? I didn’t receive a notification and sadly forgot all about it! I hope it was fabulous! Is there some way to view it now?

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    • Thank you, Nancy!
      What real genius doesn’t have one?!

      We missed you. Hope you will be able to make it next time and engage in conversation!
      According to the feedback thus far, it was pretty good for a first live stream with no prior experience. And we sure did enjoy it!

      Absolutely, you can.
      All live streams are on as replay videos on YouTube and Facebook @ Two Guys & a Girlie
      (you may want to hit the notification bell when you subscribe at the YT channel to get notifications for new content)
      Two Guys & a Girlie YT channel link:

      (Sorry for the late reply…posted it as reply to the post earlier…)


  3. Superb post, Nick, and I love the repetiton of ‘sit down’ and how it works in the Six and the photo.

    Maybe we are never meant to truly ‘define’ energy or know the secrets of the universe in our lifetime… but Mr Tesla probably comes close. The only thing I’m certain of (I think) is that we are all beings, creatures, flowers, trees, elements, senses, planet, moon and universe and the whole kitchen sink connected to one another by (an) energy.

    Haven’t had chance to check your live stream yet of you three as I was working long shifts since Saturday… but looking forward to catching up for sure.

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  4. Other than a concern that when I flick the switch the light comes on I don’t have the energy to enquire further. 🙂 Such a shame that the name of a true genius has been appropriated by the new Master of The Twitter Universe.

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  5. Hey! Great minds at work… we also employed (or would that properly be ‘deployed’?) a reference to classical physics… err Laws of Physics… yo! Lord K! sup! and your boy Clausius
    In our defence, we do have Jennifer and Gina at the top of our Six, so how easy is it to defend our status as authors of serious writation*

    * not a ‘real’ word

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  6. Oh Nick! I always feel broadened by your posts. Tesla luckily didn’t pay much attention to ‘accepted’ thought. Makes me wonder how many ‘thinkers’ were refrained from exploring simply because it was ‘educated’ out of them. 😦

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      • ❤ With my daycare kids I made it my mission to inspire creative expression. The biggest complaint (best compliment) that Kindergarten teachers had about 'my kids' was that they refused to hold the paper the way they were instructed. LOL

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        • I salute your goal and your tireless effort towards it, Susan. Honestly, I do.

          And this is the way the gate to creative phantasmagoria opens.
          (The complaining teachers can…#-&%$¥) 😆

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    • Well Jenne, I have good news for you!
      If you take into account the way Quantum physics describe the behavior of elemental particles…then mix that with Nikola’s work…magic!
      Thank you, Jenne.

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  7. Very interesting post, Spira. I was captivated by it. Einstein had a similar experience at school and I have pasted a section from Wikipedia.
    ” Einstein clashed with the authorities and resented the school’s regimen and teaching method. He later wrote that the spirit of learning and creative thought was lost in strict rote learning. “

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    • Thank you for your kind words, sir.
      Indeed Einstein had a hard time in the educational system. Imagine that during one of the times he was daydreaming (according to his teachers) the seeds of the theory of relativity were planted.

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