LAWS OF NATURE AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIP

According to the law of gravitation, every object attracts another object with a force directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance separating the two objects. This law characterizes the intrinsic strength of the gravitational force. The law says that the more the masses and less the distance separating the objects, the more is the force of attraction.

Mass and weight are two different things; weight is the gravitational force exerted on an object of a certain mass. It means that mass is constant for an object, but weight depends on its location. An object of mass m weighs six times less on the Moon than on the Earth because the gravitational acceleration on the Moon is a factor of six less than on the Earth. The weight of a person similarly is space-dependent. His weight in the office depends upon the hierarchy and powers his position holds and also his capability to carry that power. A ‘weighty’ person in the office may not have any ‘weight’ at home. In the office, a person may want to lead but at home, he may want to be led.

Newton's second law states that the acceleration of an object, as produced by a net force, is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object. It means, the heavier (physically, mentally, and emotionally) the object is, the greater the force needed to move it. It also means, the heavier the object is, the more it is affected by inertia. Inertia is the tendency to resist change. This tendency is either due to the constant and unreasonable nature of the forces acting on it, or a psychological aversion to being told what to do. The more the opposition provided, the stronger the forces required to overcome it, and that often leads to structural damages.

Newton's third law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It simply means, before uttering a foul word to your spouse, better be prepared for retaliation. Often small deeds and expressions build up a mountain of resentments and unspoken conflicts. Avoid 'actions' that are bound to give rise to opposite reactions. Matching negativity with negativity escalates the conflict.

The interpretation of the law of gravitation in the sphere of human relationships is simple. To improve the relationship between two persons increase the content, minimize the distance, and create a congenial space for the transaction. Distance is related to content and can be physical, psychological, social. We like to maintain a certain physical distance when interacting with strangers and superiors. We don’t like the intrusion of strangers or superiors in our comfort zone. This is not so with our friends and colleagues, though we expect them to respect the sanctity of our comfort zone. The distance can be due to perceived differences in our temperaments and motivations. Distance could also be due to the differences in ideology. Social distance is due to the differences in status and class. Status is generally gained through wealth, power, and prestige. The class distance is due to the levels of authority a person possesses. Cultural distance reflects people’s values and norms. If there is a distance, there is space in between. An open and inviting space means that space provides an opportunity for freedom of expression. In this space, people can express their strengths and weaknesses freely. Newton's first law states that an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The first law deals primarily with inertia. One of its interpretations is that things tend to stay the same if one doesn't do something different, like getting involved in an extramarital affair. If you do, you must know what 'unbalanced force' you will apply to bring the situation to normalcy. In such situations, one of the unbalanced forces is retraction.