Relationship Mathematics of Society
When I was a child, I enjoyed the most fundamental math of addition as represented in joining board games, being selected for pickup basketball, and becoming a new member of a lecture class.
As I became older, addition’s corollary math of multiplication became much more prominent as manifested in the acceleration of learning, financial account compounding, expanding circles of friends, and the crystallization of happiness mildly contaminated by loss.
Yes, the contrary math of subtraction began to rear its ugly head as loss became a much more pronounced part of my life as shown by moving from home, loss of childhood friends, financial crises, and loss of free time.
The fullness of coming into my own revealed the most formidable mathematics, that of division. In the same character of subtraction, division became the central construct in all the organizations I joined. Each one, no matter if it was a religion, a business, government, or a school was beset by a most extreme form of differences, differentiations, separations, categorizations, and compartmentalizations. I had come to the peak of human failure, the place where addition was no longer recognized, and all fight for hegemony, supremacy, and recognition in every human endeavor.
When I found division, I found a place without light, devoid of happiness and form and function. It was a place I could never have understood until I experienced it firsthand. It was a very hard math to learn, but it allowed me to appreciate the importance of addition because it gave me a perspective I never could have imagined. How could addition ever mean anything to me until its root opposite, division, was experienced?