The Leprechaun keeps his gold at the end of rainbows. Well then all we need is to follow the Arc of the rainbow! But when we see a rainbow and follow it, it always seems to move away as fast as we approach it.
This gets us a good workout, but no further to the goal. Should we quickly google how rainbows work?
What’s the answer? Blah, blah, BLAH!
Let’s consult the oracle at a later time.
Questions! Questions! Let’s ask questions!
What a rainbow could be? Or what isn’t!?! It looks like light! It surely isn’t a shadow. Well light moves at the speed of … light! I move at the speed of me! The speed of me is slower than the speed of light. I can’t get to light, but it can get to me.
How could we get the rainbow to come to us?
Wait! It’s already coming to us! It is coming right into our eyes! The rainbow ends within us.
We are the pot of gold!
We found the end of the rainbow without using any physics. We didn’t look up the geometry of a water droplet or what the word refraction means. We were looking for the end of the rainbow and found it. There is power in this reasoning. And it should be the best place to start with any project or observation.
But is this what you want the rainbow to be? I would challenge you to think about how to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but it might be hard to diverge from my silly path.
So why did I take this silly path of thought? Because I didn’t want to run to the answer. An aim for resiliency in understanding is a more powerful tool than a career in googling for the answer. Google is a tool and your are the craftsman.
Go find what you are looking for.
Photo taken by Linda Rumple. Pelabuhanratu, West Java, Indonesia