Questioning the experimental basis of continuous descriptions of fundamental interactions we discuss classical gravity as an effective continuous first-order approximation of a discrete interaction. The sub-dominant contributions produce a residual interaction that may be repulsive and whose physical meaning is of a correction of the excess contained in the continuous approximation. These residual interactions become important (or even dominate) at asymptotical conditions of very large distances from where there are data (rotation curves of galaxies, inflation, accelerated expansion, etc) and cosmological theoretical motivations that suggest new physics (new forms of interactions) or new forms (dark) of matter and energy. We show that a discrete picture of the world (of matter and of its interactions) produce, as an approximation, the standard continuous picture and more. The flat rotation curve of galaxies, for example, may have a simple and natural explanation.