Be more than part of the equation

I thought that I might talk more about my own personal philosophy because of it being an ongoing theme from my last post. The topic of this post was actually triggered by the combination of an anime show that I enjoy and a popular hip hop song. And its to do with apply the notions and rules of a mathematical equation into everyday real life. Before I really get into the dynamics of this mindset I talk about how it was conceived. The anime show mentioned before was the prominent Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, as well as being hugely entertaining  it was also quite deep with some of its morals and one in particular stood out for me. In this fantasy world where alchemy has many more capabilities that border on magic, there are certain laws of nature that dictate this skill, the most well known and heavy talked about being the Law of Equivalent Exchange.


“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy’s First Law of Equivalent Exchange.”

This law is talked frequently within the series and arguably the show’s moral and philosophical base. Although not mathematical, but more scientific this proved to also be the base of my own personal philosophy as well.

The second base for this thought process is the rap song Mathematics by Mos Def. Once again being an excellent song in its own right, but the words and messages within interested me greatly as well. A vague description of the song’s message would be; as a memebr of the public you need to apply the hard and cold judgements towards a system that apply’s equally hard and cold on you, in order to understand your world.

Here’s the song if you want to listen.

This is not exactly a new idea, even the Bible had an important lesson within it relating to this. This proverb often used with the same understand could be “You will reap, what you sow”. A more modern version of would be “You get out, what you put in”. I had always grouped these idioms within my mind as being clichéd  motivational fitness motto’s. I never thought that they could be applied to everything around me.

Now to get to the actual meat of the concept, I will show you a series of examples in style with this idea.


Parent(1) allowed child(2) a lot of freedom =  Child(2) becomes unruly when limits are set
Child(2) rebels totally against parent Total freedom
(No experience Bad Judgement)
Total freedom + Bad judgement  Irresponsibility +Thrill
Irresponsibility + Thrill Teen pregnancy Child(3)  Responsibility + Boredom
Child(3)  Responsibility Boredom
Child(3) Neglected
Child(3) ≠ proper role-model + stable home
Child(3) becomes unruly when limits are set = Child(3) rebels totally against parents
Child(3) rebels totally against parents = Total Freedom = 
Child(3) Irresponsibility Bad outcome for Child(3) (teen pregnancy, substance abuse etc)
Child(3) = Becomes a  exactly like parent(2)


White society neglects black people into ghettos Black people rebel against rules of their society


In some respects, these equations could also be written using scientific signs, but I find it easier and think it requires less explaining with the math theme. A notion that would be improved from a more scientific view would be the aspect of “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” An application of Newton’s famous third law is also possible within real life events such as:

KKK -> Black Panther Party


Unlawful conduct by Israel -> Anti-Israel Groups in Palestine (HAMAS) Loss of face with Muslim world


It doesn’t matter whether your mathematical rules or scientific but that it is an equation and that what ever you do to the left side the right side and vice versa. It has also occurred to me through that some people might think that this is a bit closed minded, which it entirely is, as well as being completely simplistic, but these things do happen and sometimes people just stupidly react to the equation because that’s what’s natural. I challenge each and everyone of you to become more than just part of the equation as I know humankind has proved it can do time and time again.

Feedback is appreciated, but not required



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