Rule #2 A fallen object cannot fall.
Have you ever taken a pen and instead of laying it on its side, stood it up on its end? I have. It's not terribly efficient. It usually ends up on its side somewhere else and you can't be sure in advance which one or where.
Energy suffuses every system. If it doesn't, it's not much of a system. If that energy can be released, you should be aware of where and how.
If your system is deenergized, you'd also want to know.
It applies to folks too. I mean, a person's life can always sink a little bit lower, but generally speaking, you can only fall so far. After a certain point, there's simply nothing left to lose, materially, physically, personally. There comes a point at which people and systems hit rock bottom.
There's a lot of space above that too, and it can be a long, hard fall.