Silly people. I need to learn how to laugh when silly people say stupid things. No, they aren’t stupid to them, but to people who know the truth they are.
Let’s take, for example ,a meme floating around on Facebook. It displays the following…
As a mathematician, I look at that and say, “No, none of that is right. It is a misuse of the equal sign.”
And, perhaps this illustrates the problems our schools are having. If grown ups are circulating stuff like this, no wonder children are confused.
In mathematics an equal sign means that both sides are the SAME when reduced to their simplest state. That’s not the case here. There are no qualifiers on the 2 or the 6 to imply equality.
The more correct display would have been f(2)=6. Which means there is a function, when 2 is applied to it where the answer is 6. So, rather than 9=? it should have asked, “f(9)=?”
The function itself should have been written in the form of f(x)=y. And, given the various x and 7 values, what is that function.
The function is this…
Plugging in 9 for x, you get f(9)=9*(9+1)=9*10=90
(A little known fact about me… I college I got straight A’s in math classes and took nearly every class offered in the subject. I would have majored in it, and was only about 8 units away when I graduated of getting a 2nd bachelor’s in mathematics. I did earn an associates in math. I even too Calculus for Biology Majors as an elective I was so in to it. But, in the end I did not see where a B.S. in Mathematics would have helped me get a job.)
More Silly People
There are more silly people out there. The above I just chalk up to their not being as math savvy as me. The ones that really gripe me are the ones who don’t know, but think that they know, and then abuse others in the process. That’s just wrong.
I know I’ve been guilty of that at times and have had to repent, but I think there are some who make that their avocation in life. We used to call them “trolls” in the early days of chat rooms on the Internet. They were the ones that would start their post like…
“Brent, you’re wrong and I’m going to prove how stupid you are…”
Eventually, they would get banned from the chat room. Before their banning, people would stop reading their posts. Some would pick fights with them, while most would ignore them. They would move on to somewhere else, changing their screen name to hide their shame.
Life experience teaches us. Nobody can argue against life experience, yet silly people try.
There are societies where the older you get, the more respect you get because society recognizes your life experiences. During my life, as a whole, our society in the U.S.A. has not been that type of society. It has only got worse with each rising generation.
Now, that last comment wasn’t meant to include everyone. There are many good people who are taught to respect their elders. However, I believe those who are not taught this outweigh those who are.
I also believe those who survive young adulthood become less and less silly as they grow older. Life experiences teach them.
No, I’m not talking about mathematics here. I’m talking about the unseen sciences and the keys held by our creator. The formulas were given in the Beatitudes. I think the Beatitudes contain the formulas to help us deal with silly people, as well as avoiding becoming one of them.
So, as this day closes, my goal is to try to be more like Jesus and work on applying those 8 simple equations given in the Beatitudes.