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Rejoicing in Despair


I am always fascinated in the way  physics shows how things function in various paradoxes. With string theories rounding up the fluctuation in the motion of particles in the universe and the theory of relativity shedding a new dimension on the wrinkle in time, I believe that science gradually moves up to another vicious cycle recurring what have been missed out by former minds and developing a more definite explanation of the universe. Physical science is always an interesting subject as it scopes everything within the reach of our knowledge. Yet what really impresses me is what I came across about Newton’s discussion on human affair and how it functions along with universal laws. It is true that human emotion is very puzzling that it constantly escapes human knowledge, but with regards to how someone behaves in time, it could easily be predicted as easy as an apple is expected to fall  to the ground. Negative is usually followed by positive or the other way around. When you are crying right now, you will eventually laugh in the coming days; when you are alone, you will definitely find company; and when there is sunrise, it will be followed by sunset. Why? In life we are following a path and whether we try to diverge from it, universal laws will always keep us back to the track… just like what Newton said, for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.

So why despair when you know you will be happy?


P.S. In every law there is an exemption and this young lady is one. Mikaela Irene Fudolig started to be very brilliant and will always be brilliant all throughout. 🙂 I wonder if studying physics makes us trancend its laws. Correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂

  1. AC
    May 20, 2009 at 8:19 am

    very well said. 🙂

    “So why despair when you know you will be happy?” – let me be… let me grieve.. for a while. i just need to let it out. hahahaha! 😆

    • totomel
      May 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

      okay, AC:)

      • totomel
        May 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

        …and thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. May 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    In life we are following a path and whether we try to diverge from it, universal laws will always keep us back to the track…

    I was intrigued by this statement… I am not familiar with the philosophical musings of Newton aside from his 3 laws of motion. I also cannot reconcile this statement with his 3rd law – action and reaction.

    While I cannot reconcile this with his 3rd law, I also cannot seem to accept that I am following a path with a fully predictable trajectory. Sounds like predestination… 🙂

    Which leads me to a question: Is man truly free?

    Maybe equivocals need to be clarified… 😀

    BUT the rhetorical end question was quite dynamic… Why despair when you will be happy?

    God bless bro!

    • totomel
      May 21, 2009 at 3:47 am

      hello sir. thanks for dropping by again 🙂

      first i guess you missed out what i had on the end line :”for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.” it was still action and reaction. how can you say you cannot reconcile with that? 🙂

      with regards to predetermination leading to question of whether man is truly free or not, i guess my article has nothing to do with that. i am more focused on the reaction rather than action. answering that question is taking a shot in the dark. you tell me that man is free, and i refute it using a different angle and the whole process will runs out to no definite answer. and Mark, there are more sensible questions to ask – such as who will you vote for president or what can you do to the society – than this twirling relative question. 🙂

      equivocals are ubiquitous and questions concerning the freewill of man dont need to be clarified simply because they cannot be clarified. determinists and exitentialists are at par persuasive with their answers. it’s all up to you whose camp will you side with.

      …and Bless you by God too.

      as for who will i vote, I go for Gilbert Teodoro.hehehe

      • May 21, 2009 at 5:40 am

        Hmmm… I think I did not miss the 3rd law of Newton (action and reaction). Every reaction to an action does not mean that the reaction will keep you in place or in the same trajectory (or path), much less return you to that path from where the action has diverted you.

        And the statement which I quoted (“In life we are following a path and whether we try to diverge from it, universal laws will always keep us back to the track…”) is a violation of Newton’s first law: inertia. A body at rest or in constant motion and direction will maintain its current state unless an outside force acts on it.

        The reason why I quoted predetermination is that once your path in life is already defined and once you try to divert from it (action), you will always go back to that same path (by a reaction), then you are not really free. You are simply following an equation of motion able to balance itself and maintain its state of inertia by a reaction to every action trying to dispel it…

        Of course, there are more sensible questions to ask, but wouldn’t I be out of topic if I asked you of your presidential candidate when you wrote about Newton’s laws of motion in relation to our paths in life? 😀

        To more thought provoking posts… 😉

        • totomel
          May 21, 2009 at 6:50 am

          oh…sorry to mention the Presidential candidate. i deviated from the main context of the article. forgive me 🙂

          i agree with regards to inertia on matter that continuosly rests when resting or moves when moving and flactuates (while in motion) if a larger force is applied against its mass. but human behavior is as sneaky as one could ever imagine, deviating from one course to the other yet is called back to the main track by God (a larger force). however i have to agree with you, not in ambivallence but in some point of “determination”. may i just know if you hold to the conjecture that man is free? and isnt it freedom to be called (or influenced by a greter force) back to the right track? unless of course you define freedom in an absolute way, only then will i believe that i contradicted your point. afterall i am not talking plainly here of matter but of human affairs which can never be equated into a “body.”

          anyway, thank for that illumination here sir. you really are brilliant 😉

          • AC
            May 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

            hmmmm… dumudugo ilong ko sa inyong dalawa. pero salamat ha, madami ako natututunan sa inyo. 🙂

            i only had 2 science courses in college (NaSc1 and 2), which by the way, i took twice each. 😆

            • totomel
              May 21, 2009 at 7:43 am

              hehehe…mental exercise lang AC…ang saya nag eh.hehehe

              • totomel
                May 21, 2009 at 7:46 am

                ba’t palagi na lang ilong and dumudugo? pwede bang bibig naman.hehehe

  3. creaker
    May 21, 2009 at 7:38 am

    this is war of ideas! hehehe

    take it easy guys, the article seems very simple to me. why complicate it?

    first, i guess human affair can never be equalled to a body mass. so why give the fuss?

    second, isnt that newton was brilliant enough to scope human affair instead stringently sticking to mere physical laws? i suggest you stop these blabs.what say you? 🙂

  4. totomel
    May 21, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Tumpak!!!! hahaha. tsakto ka gid!hehehe 🙂

  5. May 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

    love this post bro.. I really love the way you link the two. The physics, love and life. May sabi nga sila. Live. Laught. Love.. That’s what it’s all about 🙂

    • totomel
      May 22, 2009 at 4:01 am

      thanks for dropping by friend 🙂 you are most welcome here

  6. May 21, 2009 at 11:51 am

    @ creaker, this is not a war of ideas… it is simply a discourse seeking to clarify points of view. Wouldn’t you be pleased if someone actually took time to read and react to your thoughts, and exchanged comments long enough to make a single post? Hehehe… Besides, if human affairs can never be equalled to a body mass, why extrapolate on the laws of motion as applied to human affairs? if the premise is flawed, why do further conjectures? 😀

    I am not sure if it was Gabriel Marcel who said that no idea is so universal that everyone adheres to it, and no idea is so absurd that everyone rejects it.

    @ totomel, thanks for the clarification… that’s why early on i pointed out on clarifying equivocals for we might be discussing on entirely different ideas… anyway, God now completes the picture you tried to paint early on. 😀

    i would like to think that the “path” you are saying is the path to salvation or eternal life. God predestined us all to be called to share a life with Him. And every time we go astray, actual graces abound to aid us and nudge us to Him. in this world of prevalent relativism, i tend to veer away from making implications, for definitely they would be biased. I’d rather hear it from the horse’s mouth…errr, your mouth… (ambot kun ano ni kay indi man ko gali kabati sa imo… haha!). thus, the initial comment of being “intrigued”, “not able to reconcile”, asking a question…

    Be used to it my friend, now that I am a regular here… 😀 Haha!

    is man free? there are many approaches to this query. Man is free within the confines of natural and physical laws, for freedom is within the law and not outside its boundaries.

    is man free to decide, is his free will really free? hehe…Putting aside what psychology and psychiatry preach on man’s decisions and actions subconsciously clouded and at the same time guided by his desires(known, pent-up and unknown), I believe that man is free. However, man’s freedom exercised in the absolute is the abuse of freedom. True freedom rests in always choosing to do good over evil.

    is it a close? hehe…

    • totomel
      May 22, 2009 at 4:00 am

      closed. thanks bloated saint 🙂

      it’s really wonderful to have someone like you here to exchange thoughts. your ideas are most edifying and impressive. thanks 🙂

  7. joy
    May 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Indeed. That is the circle of life and I believe that all is always alright in the world – even when horrible things are happening. You get it?

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come back tomorrow for more of Norwich!

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    • totomel
      May 22, 2009 at 4:02 am

      really appreciate your views maam….they are as beautiful as your pictures 🙂

  8. May 26, 2009 at 4:02 am

    This is a lovely post kapatid and the discussions that follow except that I don’t want to think hard this time. I’m still waiting for my sunshine after a bout with illness…God bless…

    • totomel
      May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

      hehehe…you dont have to bro. thanks for dropping by again. i pray for your recovery. please get well soon. you surely dont want to bore your readers in waiting.hehehe

  9. koy2ni
    June 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Sa tuod lang totomel, indi kompleto akon adlaw diri if I can’t visit your blog and read most of your posts. Please keep on posting worth waiting topics. Saludo ako simo to.

    • totomel
      June 17, 2009 at 2:08 am

      thank you sir.that was a heart warming compliment 🙂

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