What They Don’t Teach In Physics Lessons

Everyone remembers some basic physics lessons from school. Such lessons where simple yet fundamental things were introduced, like the law of gravity or Newton’s 3 laws of motion. What they never teach in school though, is that physical laws work as well in human society as in nature. So perhaps we could talk about universal rather than natural laws here.

Let me demonstrate this using a few classic concepts from physics. To begin with, let’s have a look at the three laws of motion formulated by a great scientist of Modernity Sir Isaac Newton.

The first law, known as “the law of inertia”, says:

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Now, let’s replace objects (things) with subjects (people). How does the the law work then? Exactly the same. To put it roughly, human beings tend to keep on doing what they’re doing. Moreover, they resist change (“unbalanced force”) that will take them out of their state of comfort and idleness. Such unbalanced force can be anything, from outside physical impact to inner desires.

The second law of motion goes as follows.

Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object).

Outside physics, this simply means you need to work harder if you want to get harder results. This law was brilliantly formulated in the “Alice in Wonderland”:

Finally, Newton’s third law of motion says:

For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.

Applied in everyday life, this means that for every action or effort undertaken there is resistance. If you criticize a person, he will close down. If you try to build up a career, competition will grow. If there is revolution, a political reaction (meaning “strike back”) is inevitable. Examples can be found by anyone virtually anywhere.

To conclude this post, let me also mention another nature’s fundamental law here – the law of gravity. Isaac Newton defined it as:

Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force that is directly proportional to the product of the masses of the particles and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

If you think about it, this is exactly the law of attraction works when applied to human consciousness. All peoples, things, situations happen in our lives because we attract then. A very powerful interpretation of this law is “Thoughts are things”.

To sum up, the laws of physics work as well in our everyday lives as in the natural world. Perhaps this is because we are part of nature? 🙂

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