The FitzGerald Contraction

George Francis Fitzgerald

Have you ever heard of the FitzGerald Contraction? I never had until I read The Shining Stranger. Albert Einstein worked it into his theory of relativity. Sir Arthur Eddington explains it:

“Suppose that you have a rod moving at very high speed. Let it first be pointing transverse to its line of motion. Now turn it through a right angle so that it is along the line of motion. The rod contracts. It is shorter when it is along the line of motion than when it is across the line of motion. This contraction, known as the FitzGerald Contraction, is exceedingly small in all ordinary circumstances. It does not depend at all on the material of the rod but only on the speed. For example, if the speed is 19 miles a second – the speed of the earth around the sun – the contraction of length is 1 part in 200,000,000, or 2-1/2 inches in the diameter of the earth.”

Preston Harold interprets this for us:

The FitzGerald Contraction is a property of matter, of evil’s, or the Serpent’s domain. As one draws a poetic parallel, one must consider that by resisting, one is apt to turn evil transverse to its line of motion, thereby elongating or elaborating it.

Jesus said, “resist not evil…Love your enemies…pray for them which despitefully use you…” In effect, only by taking a line transverse to evil’s line will you outmeasure it.

Eddington says the FitzGerald Contraction is “the same for a rod of steel and for a rod of india-rubber; the rigidity and the compressing stress are bound up with the constitution in such a way that if one is large so also is the other.” Jesus states the psychic parallel – “Wherefore I say unto you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” If the one aspect is large so is the other.

Evil is symbolized by the serpent whose line of motion is along the line of earth’s, horizontal. But man, the only true biped, posed himself uprightly- alone in all the world, threw himself transverse the “natural” line, became a vertical being, in truth measuring more than he was and more than evil measures, As he moves along evil’s path, the natural path, he also moves transverse to it, creating within himself, poetically speaking, a sphere that is independent of either line of motion because it is at once both and neither, as is the point where the vertical crosses the horizontal: +.

It is at this point that we must step aside and look more into the world of the serpent. We will do that in our next installment. Until then, peace.