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Chapter 3: Newton’s laws of emotion
“The stories of our past define our identity. The stories of our future—our hopes. Our ability to step into those narratives and live them, to make them reality, is what gives our life meaning.”
The second thing needed to sustain hope is a belief in the value of something. This is the prism through which we observe the world and judge every single event.
In a parallel universe, Newton’s studies didn’t try to predict and control the natural. Instead, they tried to control the internal, emotional world. Instead of creating theories regarding physical bodies, he makes universal statements that explain our hopes, pain, and values. He studies how they formed, are maintained, and change through life.
These are physical theories applied to the spiritual world.
Actions to take
Newton’s Third Law of Emotion: Your identity will stay your identity until a new experience acts against it.
Principles to follow
Newton’s First Law of Emotion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite emotional reaction.
Newton’s Second Law of Emotion: Our self-worth equals the sum of our emotions over time.
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