Complex Math

“There is a sense in which two and two are four, the plane of ledgers and cash­books – on which these propo­si­tions are approx­i­mately sound. But if you rise from that plane to a loftier one, you will find at once that they are unten­able … it is obvi­ously untrue that half-a-baby and half-a-baby make a baby. Let the sword do its deadly work… The two halves of a baby make no baby at all. On this higher plane of human sen­ti­ment and expe­ri­ence, the laws of math­e­mat­ics col­lapse com­pletely.

When a man dis­trib­utes his wealth among his chil­dren, he gives to each a part. But when a woman dis­trib­utes her love among her chil­dren, she gives it all to each … No man who has once fallen in love will ever be per­suaded that one and one are only two. He looks at her, and feels that one plus one would be a mil­lion … No happy cou­ple into the sweet shel­ter of whose home a lit­tle child has come will ever be con­vinced that two and one are only three. Life has been enriched a thou­sand­fold by the addi­tion of that one lit­tle life to theirs. And I am cer­tain that no pair from whose cling­ing and pro­tect­ing arms their trea­sure has been snatched will find com­fort in the assur­ance that one from three leaves two. In the great crises of life, one’s faith in fig­ures breaks down hopelessly.”

— F.W. Bore­ham, excerpt of “The Sword of Solomon”

As heard quoted by Ravi Zacharias in his message “Raised to Run.”

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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