Interaction, Action, and Reaction Keep us Growing

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By nature, we all love to meet and interact with people we know because we are basically social human beings. At the same time, one tend to learn to interact with people one doesn't know but whom one long for reaching out to know and tell him/her about one's own story and then learn what the other person is doing/thinking. Meetings, conferences, festivals, wedding ceremony, birthday/marriage anniversary and such other occasions provide us such opportunities.

The idea is to interact well to find out the areas of common interest or otherwise. Facebook, E-mail, video conferencing etc. are some other modern means to stay in touch with friends and relatives and even create relationships with people one has not yet met. Carl Gustav Jung rightly says, “the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances, if there is any reaction, both are transformed."

The strength of a society depends upon the presence of points of contacts, possibilities of interaction between different groups that exist in it. These are what Carlyle calls 'Organic filaments', i.e. the elastic threads which helps to bring the disintegrating elements together and to reunite them. Mitch Thrower puts it in other words, 'Invite the people you want to do business with or work with into your home environment and it will improve the quality of your interaction and increase the depth of your relationships.'

Interaction involves both social and personal inputs such as ideas, emotions, creativity, innovations, information, new thoughts, areas of work and interest etc. which taken together is nothing but a growing human process with regular value addition. So, the more the people meet, talk and interact with one another, may be in a meeting, a conference, a convention, a discussion or a normal interface, the larger would be the scope of strengthening the democratic and secular set up of the country as Walt Whitman says in other words, “Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction between [people], and their beliefs -- in religion, literature, colleges and schools -- democracy in all public and private life....”

Words, you will agree, have little meaning if it is not backed by matching action. You can correlate this with majority of present day political leaders in the country who keep on mastering the art of talking well but fail to act well most of the time despite knowing and at times chanting from public platform this famous line, 'Well done is better than well said.' Yes, there are many persons across different professions including politics who maintain zero gaps between creed and deed. May be for such set of people, Harold S. Geneen says, 'Leadership is practices not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.'

According to Newton's Third Law of Motion, 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'. So, as a natural consequence, when you take an action, reaction is bound to be there. The more the action affecting the public, the more the chances of reaction of all sorts.

Some people remain wary and at times scared of reaction. Some take the reaction very seriously to be found reacting without any objective analysis and some don't care at all. It is not wise to pass any judgment on these behavior patterns. However, it can safely be asserted that the reactions are just as important as the actions are and hence should be taken into consideration with an open mind and in an objective manner as it provides an opportunity for review and improvement.

It being so, it can be inferred that interaction, action and reaction keep us growing on an on-going basis. Don't you agree?


milan sinhaMilan K. Sinha is a freelance writer. He has worked in Banking and Insurance sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. Presently he is engaged in stress management, wellness and awareness activities besides freelance writing. He is based in Patna and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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