What would the global impact be for growing down?
Let me explain:
Today, we all grow with our feet on the ground and our height goes up.
But what if we (at birth) started at the maximum height that we would get to in our lifetime and grew down until our feet touched the ground?
I got this idea from rereading the classic The Phantom Tollbooth and I saw this scene:
The boy on the left is doing exactly what I am talking about, starting at his maximum height and growing down as he gets older.
Now, my question is:
Are there any large, impactful, and global results of this magic? I am not asking if drinking coffee would be a little weird, I am asking if the world would change in any large ways. Major law-changes, manufacturing failures, stock market plungings, mass injuries, etc.
Base beneath elevation
When you are not at your maximum growth, you will be levitating off the base at a height depending on how much more you need to grow.
When I say base, I mean a flat, solid, platform's area.
Criteria for above sentance:
- The area should be greater than or equal to 22 x 22 inches. Any less than this would mean that the person would float off the closest thing of 22 x 22 inches underneath the small base.
So, if you were 3 feet tall and had 2 feet left to grow, (2 feet of air underneath you) stepping on a 5 x 5 inch stilts 8 feet off the ground would make you go right through the stilts. You would sink back to normal position. (your head would be elevated to 5 feet and your feet elevated at 2 feet tall.) But, stepping on a 24 x 24 inch wide 8 foot tall stilt platform would make you elevate 2 feet above the stilts.
- The base must be solid.
Stepping into the sea at the beach would mean floating above the sea from the seafloor, not the water's surface. Same thing for gases and plasma, you would sink to your normal elevated position above the nearest proper base.
- The base should be flat
And, if it is not flat, you will be elevated above the deepest point on the surface. For example, if you were standing on a rounded surface with the tallest point of 5 feet and the lowest point of 3 feet, you would elevate above the 3-foot depth.
- The base could be anything that fits this size building, the literal ground, a motorboat's floor, elevator, standing on a chair, etc. Ask if you are unsure what would qualify.
Repeat, your head will be at the tallest point you will ever grow. If the tip of your head is 6 feet above a proper base, your max height in your lifetime is 6 feet tall.
Where your head is compared to your base will show your total height. Then, as you age, your feet will grow down, towards the base. Eventually, once your feet touch the ground, you know that you are done growing.
Trying to eat extra veggies or get taller in some way or another will not work. The magic has already found your max height.
You will walk the exact same as you would if you were on the ground. The only difference is that you are elevated on air. I don't want answers telling me that this does not comply with the laws of gravity, etc: It is a result of a magic spell. Do not question the magic.
You can still walk, run, jog, skip, etc when elevated.
If you trip and fall, you will fall to the ground. You will get hurt.
If you jump, simply add how much height you would jump and how tall you are elevated, and then that's how tall your head will get when jumping.
Climbing to heights greater than 3 feet above your head would be possible, until you fall and you would fall all the way to the ground. The magic will not prevent stupidy and would not be able to safely catch you at your max height mid-fall.
While moving in the air, you are still subject to ceiling fans, ceilings, etc. Walking with your legs in a wall and your upper body in the air will not work. You can not walk through walls.
When you try to sit down, your legs will curl in like they were sitting, except your head would still be at max height level.
If you tried to lay down, your head would move from upright to sideways resulting in falling.
Clothes will stay on you as they would regularly.
Wearing shoes like high heels when elevated will not make your head move up any further. It will only accomplish making your feet closer to the ground. When you have fully grown, shoes like high heels will be practically impossible for obvious reasons.
Accessories like backpacks would not sag toward the ground, they would stay upright on your back just like normal.
Once you hit your max height, for the rest of your life you will remain the same height.
You will not shrink as you age-old.
It is correct that if you will die early in life, you will not be that far off the ground.
Once you die, all of the magic will leave you and you will become a regular, lifeless body.
The only main parts of the magic are that you grow down from your maximum height and that you can do regular things while elevated.
The magic applies to everyone in the world at birth.
There is no way to avoid the magic and trying to secure yourself to the ground is pointless.
Please, please, please ask for clarifications for any of these rules! Also, if you have a question, I will clarify/add its rule. I know that I only covered the bare basics to this magic, but I am relying on you to help me update my question.