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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rules of three


1. The velocity of a body remains constant unless the body is acted on by an external force.
2. F=ma The acceleration of a body is parallel and directional proportional to the net and inversely proportional to the mass.
3. The mutual forces of actions of two parallel bodies are equal, opposite and co-linear.


My family like all other families has inside jokes they make.  One of the common threads that always seems to come up is Newton’s third law applying to more then gravity.  Seeing as it has been, hmm, awhile since I was in high school science I look up the actual definition.  I, for the life of me, could not for instance remember the exact wording of the third law.  I knew that there were at least two other laws but could not really remember them, either.  So in what way does Newton apply to real life, other then keeping us grounded?


Well to start let us start at the beginning.  Take a look at the first one.  That’s a conundrum and a whole bunch of pretentious vocabulary words.  Basically, it says that you stay going the way you are going until something else interrupts this process.  I think that should be called the sloth rule.  It could also be referred to as the dead end job rule.  How many people just sit their on their butts and do nothing?  Why?  No reason not too.  How long do they waste in meaningless jobs when all it would take would be one little push and they might be the next boss or world magnate? Not that I’m one to talk.  Without that push, they are simply Schrödinger’s cat, that unknowable principal that all possibilities exist until one path is chosen.  But this first law also applies to more then the world of finance.  World Politics comes to mind.  Sounds like a policy of leave them alone and they will leave us alone. Religions see above.  Of course this requires so civility , so I wouldn’t count on it any time soon.  Even as far down as party etiquette, the rules of Newton are painfully constant, at least to the waistline.  The velocity of a dieting body remains consistently moving around the food table unless the body is acted on by an external force. (Person pulling you bodily away from the table or more embarrassing running out of food)


How about rule two? The most confusing sounding rule of them all.  It’s the rule of inertia. In other words, you are pushed only as hard as you can take. Casear Millian uses this, for example, when he says that you get the dog that you can handle.  We constantly push people harder or stronger then us but somewhere we believe that we are able to take it.  We are able to bear our crosses.  If we didn’t have the money, we wouldn’t gamble it.  This seems to me, to be the rule of cliché. 


Now, to rule three, the one that started this rant in the first place.  All actions have an equal and opposite reaction.  If you hit someone, the will hit you back.  If something happens, then something else happens.  My karma ran over your dogma.  Every religion mentions just rewards and just punishments.  Science is just a religion with it’s own commandments.  This is similar to the fourth commandment because it happens to have a reward.  The fourth commandment for those not familiar is Honor thy Father and Mother for thy reward in heaven shall be great.  I see a parallel with every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They both state cause and effect.  If your open up your eyes, you may see the light.  Who know whether it would be a prism or a rainbow or a covenant?