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Akanna Okeke: These 3 Laws Are Currently Working For or Against You

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From last week’s parable of the two little fish, you must have gleaned that there are laws that govern us in the world, such as the law of gravity.  These laws have, built in them, the consequences and the rewards for breaking and obeying them.  No one will come and punish you for stepping off the corner of the roof of a very tall building.  The law of gravity itself will pay you the consequences of that.

We understand all these things physically.  What we most times don’t realize is that these laws are also in effect non-physically.

I didn’t do so well in Physics back in high school. I remember getting an E8 grade in my first term of taking the subject and my dad was so disappointed because he had a Bachelor’s in Applied Math & Physics.  So, that holiday, he made sure he privately tutored me in the subject of Physics.  I didn’t enjoy it much, but the only things I remember marveling at were the laws.  They were so realistic and applied to everyday life.  I even started doing well in the calculations because, having understood the principles, I could set up the right equations for solving any Physics “word problem” at that level.

“Just master the principles!” He would always yell.

Mastering those principles has helped me master the way the world really works to some degree now.  You see, those laws in physics apply to our personal lives as much as they apply to the world around us.

Let’s take a look at only 3 of them and see how true it is.  I hope that, from here, you would think of more laws and how they apply to your personal lives as well; because whether you know it or not they are currently rewarding you for obeying them or punishing you for breaking them.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics
The laws of thermodynamics are some of the most important laws in all of Physics.  The second law states that:

“the entropy of an isolated system always increases”.

To make this simple, think about a cup of very cold water. When you leave it on your table, does it get colder? Of course not! It loses its coldness (except you’re in Canada).  Same thing with a cup of very hot water; it loses it hotness when left isolated.

If you leave a nice plate of food on your table for two weeks, do you return to meet a very tasty meal there or a pungent decay?  If you leave a car outside and not use it for years and years and years, do you meet a perfectly functioning vehicle there or a piece of metal junk?  Even your bedroom; does it stay tidy or does it always tend to disarray until you tidy it up again?

You get the point. The world is built in such a way that things always tend toward disorder unless they are constantly maintained.  Your marriage has to be constantly worked on or it will fail.  You have to constantly communicate with your friends or they become acquaintances and then strangers.  You have to keep building your business –constantly serving customers and clients –or you would start losing profits and it will fail.

Nothing stays the same. Change is always constant and things are either getting better or worse. Getting better requires a lot of work while ‘worse’ is very easy to achieve –just do nothing!

Newton’s First Law of Motion
I’m sure you’ve heard of Isaac Newton. And if you haven’t, I suspect you’re googling him now.  Well, he was a very smart guy that came up with 3 Laws of Motion, which describe the relationship between a body/object, the forces acting upon it, and then its response to those forces by how it moves (or stops moving).

The first law of motion states that:

“an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force”.

This is why there’s a goalkeeper in front of the goal post; because the ball will keep rolling into the net if no external force stopped it.  A car would keep descending down  a hill, if the brakes were not applied or a big tree or parked truck or something were not there to stop it from moving.

In our personal lives, it is easy to go downhill.  Remember in the law of entropy how if you do nothing about your situation, it doesn’t stay the same but actually gets worse?  And we are all tempted to do nothing because that’s the easy thing to do – to go downhill, to take the path of least resistance.

We need an external force –good friends, mentors, parents, a bad situation (unfortunately) –to wake us up and stop us from going down the wrong path. If not, we will continue in that state of rest or in uniform motion, declining to our peril.

I had a bad habit that I always wanted to break. I would promise myself, after doing it, that I wouldn’t do it again. And of course, I would find myself doing it again.  It took a very dear friend to come into my life and hold me to a higher standard, making me promise her (not myself this time) that I wouldn’t do it again.  And because of the respect I had for her, and the fact that I didn’t want to have to lie to her, I took it more seriously and worked on breaking the habit!

We need people outside of us to hold us to higher standards.  If we don’t have such friends, we would inevitably slide towards destruction.

Newton’s Third Law of Motion
The last law is from Isaac Newton’s laws of motion as well.  This one’s a little tricky.  It states that:

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

This means that in every interaction between two bodies/objects, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects.  The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.

So, when your little toddler is running around the house and mistakenly runs into a wall, she falls backwards because the force she applied to the wall, was returned to her in the same measure.  When you shoot a gun, you recoil –moving back suddenly because the force with which the bullet left the gun, when you fired, was returned to you in equal measure.

So, when you hit something, it’s not only that thing that gets hit. You get hit as well; you feel the impact of your actions immediately.

This law shows up in our interactions with people, in terms of our feelings and emotions.  Let’s say you have a friend that, for some reason, you want to pull away from.  You begin to distance yourself from that person and maybe even begin to keep malice with them.  The reality is that you too would feel distanced from that friend.  You would begin to feel that they are also keeping malice with you.  You’re only just getting back the force you applied on them, in equal measure.

Your tendency might be to deny this one, but I would like for you to become aware and check your feelings. Next time you judge somebody in your heart, do you feel judged as well?  Next time you help a customer or client with their needs and you make them happy, do you feel happy with yourself and with them as well?   Next time you post a mean-spirited comment below an article; do you feel hurt as well?

Don’t answer, just observe your feelings and become aware from today.  You might just notice that Newton’s third law of motion is taking effect in your personal (non-physical) life.

There are rules (in society) that protect us from breaking the law –even these laws –and reaping the consequences.  The best of them all is the golden rule: “Do to others what you want them to do to you”.

Following that one rule will keep these laws from working against you, most especially this 3rd Law of Motion.

So what do you think? Any more laws you know of?

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24 Comments

  1. First timer

    March 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Amazing write up, I’ve always felt this way. The best part is for every action there’s and equal and opposite reaction.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Hey First timer!!! (I’m ringing the first timer bell to welcome you! Lol) Thanks for your comment and I’m sure glad you appreciated the write up. Yes I’m sure we all innately feel this way because these laws are built into life and apply universally!

  2. excel

    March 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Wonderful post really helpful

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad to be of service! 🙂

  3. funmilola

    March 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

    word!
    preach!
    lemme read again….if I hear say I read Akanna’s article once!

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Lol!!! I’m humbled Funmi 🙂

  4. crown

    March 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Great piece. Mentally stimulating and applicable on so many levels. More of this please.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you! I’ll try my best to keep em coming!

  5. Ever Green

    March 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I love your article and I really enjoy reading it.
    I hope to read more articles from you well done Akanna Okeke.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Ever Green! Glad you enjoyed this one. By God’s grace my fountain shall not run dry 🙂

  6. Anon

    March 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Bravo! Thanks for taking us back to Physics class Akanna and for breaking it down in layman’s terms. If only our Physics teachers did this back then, maybe some of us would have grasped it better.

    Another one of his – Gravitational force/Universal Law of Gravitation. AKA the law of attraction. Works well to explain not just attraction, also addiction, fetishes, enthrallment…

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I agree that teachers should always apply classroom to life. Students will understand better that way. I hope my little article would in someway inspire a teacher out there to do so and save many students from scoring an E8 like I did lol!

      Thanks for the extra law- Law of Attraction. I’ve been struggling to understand that one fully. I should do some more digging.

    • Anon

      March 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the extra law- Law of Attraction. I’ve been struggling to understand that one fully. I should do some more digging.

      Please do, I use it for things like 1) churches and sheeple (enthrallment) 2) drugs and drug users (attraction,) fetishes vis-a-vis money, sex, fashion, food, drink. The whole idea of “pull as a force” to satisfy oneself. I trust you to break it down articulately.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 15, 2017 at 12:51 am

      Hmm sounds very interesting. Now you’ve really tempted me to do some more digging! I’m excited to see what i’ll find and if it’s too good to keep to myself, I’ll sure share!! 🙂

  7. MsE

    March 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Now, this is what I call an article. I loved reading every bit of it and took notes too.

    Well done!

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you loved it and had a lot to learn! 🙂

  8. Nurumba

    March 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Brilliant idea….As an electrical engineer I want to apply kirchhoff’s 1st law to our existence.It states that the algebraic sum of currents in a network of conductors meeting at a point is zero. What it means is that our body is the conductor and the blood is the current. NB the current is a product of charge and time. So over time, the current depletes and the body dies. E com be like say I sabi book… whereas this law give me problem for sch no b small.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

      Nice one!! You sabi book jare!

  9. Intheoverseas

    March 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Very first article I’d read through and even recommend. Well done.

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 15, 2017 at 12:53 am

      Oh thank you 🙂

  10. Ronks

    March 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for writing Alanna, you write well and you write on very helpful things. I look forward to your book

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 15, 2017 at 12:54 am

      You’re welcome, Ronks! You have really planted this seed of writing a book in me, now you’re watering it 😀

  11. Osinachi

    March 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Niece piece bro

    • Akanna Okeke

      March 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Thanks!

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