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Newton’s Laws In Everyday Life

Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws on motion are fundamental in classical mechanics in physics but I think they also apply just as strongly in our daily lives and our relationships. Let me draw the parallels and let you decide. Is it possible that if we applied these in our lives, we would be able to achieve a new level of harmony and tranquility?

“A body continues to maintain its state of rest or of uniform motion unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force.” ~ Newton’s First Law

We remain in the same state of mind unless we open our minds to external influences. Our relationships remain the same unless we apply some forces to change directions, change attitudes, or change the environment. Our environment will not change unless we apply external forces to improve it. Governments, companies, organizations continue in the same path unless a force of change is applied to them. Maintaining a happy family requires pushing back on all negative influences getting in the way. Maintaining positive outlook in life requires working hard on our inner mental state against negative external influences.

“F = ma: the net force on an object is equal to the mass of the object multiplied by its acceleration.” ~ Newton’s Second Law

Our effectiveness is equal to our substance multiplied by our hard work. Stated differently, if we are not smart and strong, we must work harder to have the same results. As organizations, the teams we hire determine our success because for the same amount of time/work, we must achieve higher results than our competition. People with integrity and substance have a higher chance of having a lasting impact than those who lack these qualities.

“To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Newton’s Third Law

I think of this as the Golden Rule in Christian culture. Treating others the way we want to be treated is so fundamental that it’s actually a law in physics explaining the motion of objects large and small.

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  • Jul 7 2011: law of inertia also have application to real life.....for any task like we say to learn subject or some thing....we have to cross inertia...with interest in subject we able to over come.....so people say it is hard to begin any task....but easy to go through that task. i think newton law is also applied here
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    Jun 15 2011: I think you may have gone too far regarding the third law when you call it the "Golden Rule" in "Christian culture". The Crusades and Spanish Inquisitions more reflect "Treating others exactly the way you want to treat them" than what you mentioned.
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      Jun 30 2011: Just because somebody does something in the name of Jesus doesn't make them a Christian. When he is refering to Christian culture he is refering to the teachings of Jesus, not the actions of men.

      Jesus did teach the "golden rule" but many times his followers chose to ignore those teachings because it doesn't justify what they want to do. In fact Jesus explicitly says in Matthew 5:31 You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also"

      Instead they look to the old testament to justify thier actions to Exodus 21:23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

      It is the same in any organized religion. People use it to conduct evil in the name of thier god. It doesn't make them followers of the religon, just corrupt evil men.
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        Jun 30 2011: I am not criticizing Jesus. But how are those corrupt evil men you mention still considered Christians? Why are they not in the bad books of the Church or the religious history?

        People always try to separate the "prophet" from the "people". But if the prophet or the religion does not have the power to change the mindset of the people, then zilch.