The 12 Laws that Define a Being

Law #8: The Law of Acceleration

The more we have, the more we want.

It is in human nature to get used to things that repeat. What once was fun and extraordinary, after a while becomes ordinary, as we get used to it. Things seem very exciting at the beginning of a new relationship. After a while the relationship becomes dull and predictable and reaches the point where we have to put lots of effort to keep the excitement alive. People always crave for more excitement, more power, more love, more money, more appreciation, more attention, and more of everything. In fact, the more we have, the more we want.

This law, like all other laws of antimatter, starts applying from the very first moments of life, naturally. When a toddler learns to walk, his greatest joy is to explore the immediate surroundings. Everything is very exciting to him because it is an opportunity to discover something new. However, sooner or later, child’s attention shifts towards exploring the other areas in the house. The next thing you know, the toddler aims for the second floor of the house. This tendency of getting used with stimuli and feelings that they trigger is known as sensory adaption.

Sensory adaptation takes place when we are constantly exposed to a stimulus that does not change its frequency or intensity. As a result of this prolonged exposure we become less aware of the stimulus and its effects on ourselves. Because of the sensory adaptation that takes place, a stimulus must become stronger or weaker in its intensity or change the frequency of its occurrence in order to be recognized again by our senses. Weber’s Law indicates that for an average person to distinguish the difference between two stimuli, these two stimuli must differ by a constant minimum proportion. For example the intensity of light must differ by 8% in order for the change to be recognized by our visual sense. The weight between two objects must differ by at least 2% in order to notice that one object is heavier than the other.

Sensory adaption does not only apply to our five senses. Adaption is a tendency of our souls that applies in everything that we do or experience, like, thoughts, feelings, attitudes etc. Adaption has to do with our nervous system, and how the electrical impulses are transmitted to our brain.

Therefore, in order for any kind of stimulus to capture our attention again, the intensity of that stimulus must increase. Hence, the more we have the more we want. So we can get used to negative experiences just as we can get used to positive things in our lives. Once an experience repeats often in our lives, it becomes a normal way of living for us, as we get used to it and adopt ourselves to that experience. Something must change from our normal routines for us to know what we are missing in life or vice versa, appreciate what we have. Becoming aware of the application of this law therefore, is a must. Once we become aware of the sensory adaptation we can prevent the application of the Law of Acceleration which makes us greedy to wanting more and more in life or from others, or vice versa, that makes us fall into addictions, and sometimes depression even, when we forget to appreciate of what we have. Becoming aware of this law can lead to gratitude, appreciation and love for life.

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