Newton’s third law of motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. For example, when you sit on a chair, your body exerts a downward force on the chair and the chair exerts an upward force on your body. This is true for objects and it can also be true for interaction in human beings. Although, the reaction to every action, among humans, does not necessarily cause an equal and opposite reaction. The reaction can either be equal or opposite or vice-versa. Every action has a reaction. In other words, positive actions can bring positive results, and negative actions can lead to negative results.
Is it not ironic to hear people saying they should be accepted just the way they are and not be rejected for the same behavior they portray? While your actions can be acceptable to some people, they can also be unbearable to others. The reaction we get from others is the response to our own actions we pose.
Our actions are the results of our thoughts. The circumstances in which we are found have influence in the way we act. For instance, marginalized or oppressed people especially in times of peace may act either in a rebellious way or simply flee to other places where they can feel safe and valued. Most countries that are experiencing war, in our days, have unfortunately oppressive political, economic, social, and even technological systems for a specific group of people who they think are not worthy to benefit from all the resources that the country has. Therefore, the ones who are oppressed end up thinking that their way is the only means to bring a change in their community. In this case, there is little or even no choice for actions undertaken. People are forced to act that way. On the other hand, the oppressor has all the power and thinks its right to act that way toward this particular group of people. The question we might ask ourselves is what are the reasons behind this behavior? There are many answers to this question.
Selfishness and jealousy can be some of them. What is selfishness? It is simply seeking your own personal interest even when it means ruining other people’s lives. I’ve heard someone once said he loved himself so much that he was willing to sacrifice even his relatives in order to achieve his personal goal. To some people it does not matter how others suffer, as long as they get what they want regardless of who gets hurt during the process. ‘It is collateral damage,’ they argue. Such behavior always has negative results. Selfishness is simply a thought which can be quickly be transformed into actions which are harmful. The reactions to this kind of behavior might be very violent, and has a negative impact on parties involved. Jealousy is a destructive thought that can even lead people, in extreme cases, to killing. There are people in this world who have been massacred because they were more intelligent, or because they had more money, which they earned through hard work, or simply because they were thought to be inferior. Being jealous of someone or something can be a natural feeling. Especially in a professional life where there is a lot of competition. The one, who is jealous of the other, might act in a harmful way and the reaction which results from the action can also harmful. The one who is hurt, might seek vengeance even years later. In short, bad actions have negative reactions and good actions bring about positive reactions.
Let’s consider our ways before we act. Are we doing good or bad? What will happen if I do this? Is it beneficial or harmful? These are some of the questions that we should be asking ourselves; let’s think before we act. Whatever happens to us might be a result of a good or bad action that we pose. Remember the golden rule, “do unto others what you would want them do to you”.
In Matthew 5:14-16 the bible says,
14 “you are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 neither do people light a lamp nor put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 in the same way let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.
Let’s maximize good actions and encourage others to do so for the benefit of the whole world. As Christians, we are called to live higher than the rest of the world. The world should always see good actions coming from us. We should not get tired, because our good actions always have good reaction.
Churches of Christ in Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
Mission Intern Class 2012
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