“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Sir Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion explains much about the kickback of a fired gun, a firefighter’s lean-in to counteract the push-back of a coursing water hose, the reason a bicycle is easier to balance when it is moving than when it is stationary, or the displacement of water when something is dropped into it. But does this law have applications beyond physics?

Do our relationships bear witness to Newton’s scientific explanations as well? Do actions always beget equal and opposite reactions when it comes to interacting with others? If so, how? If not, why not?

Will you join me on a philosophical exploration? Weigh in…tell me what you think. Don’t worry about being right, or clear, or wise…I’m just curious.

And if this photo sparks completely different thoughts, leave those as well.

p.s. – Red Bells (Paprika) are wonderfully healthy. To see a full nutritional breakdown of these beauties, you can go here:

content and photo are the property of author/photographer, Britton Minor and The Jaded Lens Photography

8 thoughts on “Reaction

  1. I believe that it is the same for relationships: the more time and efforts, the better the relationship…but it is also about quality and not quantity…in short, it is more complicated…

  2. I love the photo and what has been written! However, I don’t believe that I fully understand the “law of motion” especially when it comes to relationships. Does it mean that if we are in a loving relationship that we will get opposite results? I just don’t understand. I know that “like attracts like,” so doesn’t that go against what Newton said. I agree with you in that relationships require more effort to make it a good loving thing. Yes, it is about quality and not quantity. Relationships can be difficult, but I don’t believe that have to be. Love is who I AM.

  3. Love the photo!
    Action/reaction, that is most certainly what fuels fiction!
    In the real world, I’d like to think that a negative action doesn’t have to inspire a negative reaction. But it often does.

  4. I suppose there is an equal reaction in relationships (though not necessarily from the other party). If we put in more time and efforts in treating another person right, that person might or might not reciprocate, but we would have built ourselves into someone who’s loving and patient. That’s the equal reaction, I guess …

    On another topic, bell peppers are nutritional stuff. My mother eats them to treat her mouth ulcers. 🙂

  5. It is one of my favorite sentence to use when I need help to understand the way people react to an event. I just say Action-Reaction or For every action there is an equal AND/OR opposite reaction. It helps me, when my girl talks to me with an attitude, to stay calm and say “I will have the opposite reaction towards her”… and then by me staying calm, she changes the way she talks to me… it is all Action-Reaction!!!

  6. There is a weight to sorrow and a buoyancy to joy . . . Somehow this is what comes to mind when I look at your exquisite, crisp photo. So, from a standpoint of ‘relationship’ — opposite, yes, but not necessarily equal.

  7. Love the photo. Am still thinking. Sometimes I want the reactions so I am not sitting here alone. but then sometimes, peace is the best sound

  8. Red bells meets water.

    Free falling red bells (re)acting with water or
    the water (re)acting with the red bells.
    Who acts who reacts is not clear.
    The result looks not like red bells nor like water.
    Its a new view of life.

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