"and I said oh boy. right again. let x=x. you know it. it could be you. it."
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 E
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":
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
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...
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.