Life is an Algebraic Equation

  1. "and I said oh boy. right again. let x=x. you know it. it could be you. it."
    -Laurie Anderson

    The Other Night, A Friend and I were discussing The Friend's Adult Daughter's disappointment with Life in General. Basically, The Daughter believes Her Life should have turned out differently. It seems that she's been let down by those close to her- The Parents, The Husband, The In-Laws, The Siblings, and Her Own Children. They have not lived up to Her Expectations.

    I gave Appropriate Feedback through The Verbal Listenining Technique throughout This Discussion. I said Empathetic Things like, "It's too bad The Performers in Your Daughter's Play didn't read their scripts and adlibbed their way through 'Life As I Say It Should Be'". I gave Reality Checks now and then and said things like, "You know, if you date The Chorus Girl, you shouldn't be surprised if she runs off with The Magican" and "Life sucks and then you die". I closed with some Sound Advice and Encouragement: "Have your Daughter call '1-800-WAAAAAH!'"

    These Empathetic Responses caused My Friend to open up more and stimulated a Larger Discussion, which I generally refer to as "Life, Love, and The Cosmos".

    The Life, Love, and The Cosmos Discussion took us from where we are Now to where we were Then. My Friend and I are both Middle Age, so we're in Erickson's Integrity vs Despair Stage of Our Lives.

    We've discussed This Topic in the past in a Thread titled "Integrity vs Despair":

    http://allnurses-breakroom.com/fabul...air-52329.html

    Oh shoot. I don't know what went wrong, but I ended up on a Thread about Student Loans. Oh well- it doesn't really matter because that Little Blooper exemplifies that sometimes x does not = the Desired Product. Which brings me to the Point of This Thread, Life is An Algebraic Equation.

    Let's consider the difference between Constants and Variables. Each does as Their Name implies. Let's call The Constant "I", referring to The Individual, for example. Let's call Everything Else in the Whole Wide World "x". I lives its life from the Cradle to the Grave, no matter how long or short that life may be. Let's say that I is now in Middle Age. A number of Variables (a number of x's) have affected I's life: Relationships, Job, Family, Children, Health, Money, Etc Etc Etc...

    I has had, many times, to adjust in order to remain Constant. If A Situation merely added 0 or multiplied by 1, there was no problem in I remaining Constant. However, most of Life's Situations do not add 0 or multiply by 1. Most of Life's Situations attempt to change I's constant. So, in order to Balance the Equation where I is an Integarl Factor, I has had to Manipulate its the Media in order to produce a Desired Product.

    The More Variables I adds to its Equation, its Life, the more times I has had to factor in Other Numbers in order to produce a Desired Product. And Life's Variables are Ever Changing Little Boogers that could cause an I to = Insane.

    You know?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   nursefrances
    As I read the title of this thread I said to myself.......Yes....I talk to myself. Anyways, I said "This has DaveyDo written all over it." And I was correct. All right Davey...it's my day off and I feel that it is my duty and goal for the day to not think hard or use more than 10% of my brain. I agree with your mathematical logic. If "I" didn't have variables like x,y,and z it wouldn't be an equation.....and that would just be boring. As long as you keep the equation balanced and mind your P's and Q's...you should be good. Unfortunately your friend's daughter's thought process is becoming the norm in this present generation.Equation: I =me (me...me...me! forget you...it's all about me). sigh....welcome to our future.
  4. by   mc3
    Oh dear, my brain is already so, so tired tonight.....
    mc3
  5. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    You know what? I took Algebra three times when I went back to college. The first time I dropped the class an hour before it began. The second time I lasted through one class and then dropped it. The third time I made it through a week and had to have 6, yes six, separate tutors, all of whom thought algebra was easy and made sense. I had to have six different tutors because they were all variable in their ability to explain things.
    I told the instructor that it was STUPID and did NOT make sense. He told me, "It doesn't have to make sense, you just have to know how to do it."

    Yet, when I had gone to nursing school years before and took Pharmacology I aced the exam which had a LOT of algebraic 'ciphering'. And I never took algebra in high school. I had no idea until I opened the exam book that I even understood any of it......but much to my surprise, from the very first question I 'saw' what had to be done, like, "oh, yeah, okay." And produced an "A".
    Go figure. Or not.
  6. by   TopazLover
    Agreed. How come X needs to find Y and A is greater than B never did make sense to me. Once I got real numbers in there I aced it. Chane wt to kilos and then find dose based on weight- Piece of cake. Graph vitals - easy. Graph X and Y Blah blah -not in my life time.

    We are reality based.

    ps. I aced my Stats course because my prof understood these things. He gave examples like probability of ducks hitting a pond.
  7. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    The probability of the ducks hitting the pond is a given, unless you factor in the flight path of a jet plane........
  8. by   TopazLover
    I think, although it has been mumble, mumble years, that his example was of hunters with some percent accuracy hitting ducks and having them land in a pond that was some percent of the possible drop zone. All I recall is that his method worked.
  9. by   Whispera
    uhhh...what'd you say???
  10. by   azhiker96
    The problem started with defining "I" (the individual) as a constant. I is always subject to change. I changes in stature, skills, understanding, desires, and motivation. I is acted upon by many other variables and I acts upon other variables. My dear wife has effected change on my personal I while finding other aspects refractory to change.

    Oceans rise, rivers change course, mountains rise up and decay. The only constants in life are things that many people don't usually consider; pi, speed of light, universal gravitational constant, to name a few. Other than those, life and death are about change.

    Much human endeavor and frustration comes from trying to create constants in a changing environment. My neighbor spends time and money trying to maintain a manicured lawn. Yet the grass continues to grow despite the trimming and spends most of it's time in some state of disarray.
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from azhiker96
    The problem started with defining "I" (the individual) as a constant. I is always subject to change. I changes in stature, skills, understanding, desires, and motivation. I is acted upon by many other variables and I acts upon other variables. My dear wife has effected change on my personal I while finding other aspects refractory to change.

    Oceans rise, rivers change course, mountains rise up and decay. The only constants in life are things that many people don't usually consider; pi, speed of light, universal gravitational constant, to name a few. Other than those, life and death are about change.

    Much human endeavor and frustration comes from trying to create constants in a changing environment. My neighbor spends time and money trying to maintain a manicured lawn. Yet the grass continues to grow despite the trimming and spends most of it's time in some state of disarray.
    My neighbor constantly aerates his lawn, throws down all kind of 'treatments', and adds/broadcasts MORE grass seeds to I dunno, thicken it up?
    Then he mows his lawn (gas/riding-lawn mower) front and back, twice a week. GADS! Then he trims (gas) and blows all the trimmings (gas).

    HE is not the one frustrated, but I sure am! I call those blasted machines Lawn Moaners.

    Remember the nice, soft, clickety-clacking sounds of the manual mower? *sigh*
  12. by   azhiker96
    I fell into that trap when I was in college. I had a small lawn and decided to make it presentable. So I pulled all the weeds, re-sodded the bare spots, and applied a good high nitrogen fertilizer. In a few weeks I had a healthy, green, bermuda grass lawn. Then it started raining occasionally. The grass grew like no tomorrow and I had to mow and rake it twice a week just to barely keep up. Money and time was tight in those days and I reflected on how I spent money on sod and fertilizer so that I could now dump a ton of time and money into lawn care. That was the last time I fertilized that lawn.
  13. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I'm kind of partial to the idea of having a couple of little goats, but there's these pesky little ZONING laws....

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