According to Newton’s third law…
For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action.
That is to say that whenever an object pushes another object it gets pushed back in the opposite direction equally hard.
Who cares about this,, you might ask……. What does this have to do with politics, the news or anything else that is going on today? Why on earth would you take a law regarding “motion” and apply it to anything that we are interested in?
Well lets begin with the latest story regarding “road rage”. According to the news reports, Mr. Alan Garcia had just picked up his two children from school when it happened. Then, the apparent road-rage slaying began with one vehicle cutting off another. I don’t know about you, BUT, this happens all of the time to me. I simply slow down or take the next exit. However, a decision made by Mr. Alan Garcia and Mr. Tony Torrez changed everything. Apparently one car cut off another. Mr. Garcia apparently responded to Mr. Torrez with the universal 20 percent gesture and began cursing at him for “cutting him off”. Mr. Torrez then, according to Mr. Garcia, opened fire on his family killing his daughter.
Then an independent source comes in……..with a different account:
Jonell Tafoya was taking her 15-year-old daughter home via I-40 and remembers seeing the two cars engaged in a fight. It appeared as though the father was deliberately trying to keep the car from passing him as they argued, she said, describing it as the “truck really egging it on.”
So one act of confrontation ends tragically with a retaliation out-proportioned to a small slight. PEOPLE!!!!!! I always tell my kids that mental health is a real problem in America. AND when you combine the stress of driving, cursing and hand gestures…… remember when you do this with strangers……. you don’t know how tight their head or feeling are wrapped. DO NOT GET ME WRONG….BUT, Mr. Garcia was travelling with his family when he decided to engage with an unknown entity – Mr. Torrez. Garcia did not know and had no way of knowing that Torrez had earlier brushes with the law, sometimes violent…… but he took the chance anyways. Witnesses believe that the girl’s father (Garcia) should not have been driving so dangerously.
So, the war over a small thing — changing lanes will put a “killer” away for the rest of his life………. But the child’s life will never be brought back. And the father? Well, I am sure that in the quiet times of the night, he will ask himself…….. “Suppose I just let the car pass?” “Suppose it was not so important that I “push back” at what was obviously a dangerous “powder keg” of a man?
It was not the gun, and gun control would not have helped this child as the family asserts……. As tragic as this is, it was avoidable. Lesson here is that you should never go to battle with or push an unknown source unless you weigh the most horrific consequence that could happen in the “push back”.
Another story that has gotten me really confused is the story of Lamar Odom. Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. As a high school player, Odom received national player of the year honors from Parade in 1997. He played college basketball for theUniversity of Rhode Island, earning all-conference honors in his only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. He was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft with the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team,
WOW, eye popping talent and success, but how does this “jive” with the man now fighting for his life in a hospital, possibly suffering brain damage and ruined kidneys? The answer is that this is also an example of “pushing the envelop”…… at bit too far and nature pushing back….. hard.
For all his success in the sports and entertainment world, this reportedly “great guy” with the wonderful personality had a wicked drug problem among other things. He had a tragic early life, his father was a heroin addict and his mother died of colon cancer when he was very young. AND he lost his youngest child in infancy a few years ago.
Essentially, the man that Adidas executive Sonny Vaccaro commented at the time that Odom possessed a “$2 million smile”, used that smile to mask a great deal of pain.
This was apparently not helped with the marriage into the Kardashian clan and penchant for portraying every nook and cranny of their personal lives in the media for profit. After the cancellation of their series, because the filming was wearing him down, Odom began his latest spiral with a DUI arrest and the unsurprising end of his Kardashian marriage.
On October 13, 2015, Odom was hospitalized after being discovered unconscious at theLove Ranch, a brothel in Crystal, Nevada. Reportedly he went on a three day 80K drug and alcohol fueled binge that included cocaine, herbal Viagra, and booze. It is said that he took the equivalent of one month’s worth of the sex stimulation pills. The owner of the brothel where Lamar Odom overdosed wants to settle the former NBA star’s nearly $80,000 tab — and he’s willing to go after Odom’s wife, Khloé Kardashian, to do it. The prostitutes told cops that Odom, 35, appeared to be snorting cocaine and downing mystery pills at the bordello before he slipped into unconsciousness, a detective wrote in an affidavit. Let me make this clear, if you ingest a large amount of drugs and wash it down with booze, you essentially fill one chamber of a revolver and continue with each new snort, to pull the trigger. Eventually the big bang will come in the way of overdose and strokes.
I am making light of this situation? Nope, just outlining the fact that in both cases, a “risk” was entered into without weighing the consequences. The “push back” or “opposite force” in the first case was a crazy man. In the second, it was nature simply saying after all the abuse……. we have had enough.
We all make mistakes, and we have become accustomed to saying that “it is not my fault”. As though we had no control over the event or the `actions that we took that caused a “reaction”. We take responsibility for those things that are “well done” and when something is not “well done” it is blamed on the gun or the drugs……. as if they just work by themselves. We are either heroes or victims but never responsible…… when it goes wrong in politics, personal lives, religion and child rearing to name just a few.