(You can call it Part 2. I urge that you read both Part 1 and Part 2 together.)
Recap from Part 1 of this post.
I came up with a plan and figured that T = mc2 perhaps could be one simplistic way to summarize my life – life of an ordinary, no-name, no-pedigree, mediocre, half-poor, half-educated, brown person who spent the first quarter of his life in India and the second quarter in America. I thought I could use my basic arithmetic and algebra skills (practically no math learned past high school) and come to a final tally of my life’s income and expenses, and profits and losses.
So, I thought, this could be the simple formula to summarize my life:
T = mc2
Where T is total time of life, m is total involved money (used, gained or lost), and c2 (or c x c) is the product of two major costs I had to incur over all these years — both in India and America.
Therefore, to put it in words, it is:
Time of life = Money involved x Cost1 x Cost2 .
[That's Equation One]
Now, the question is, how do you break down the equation and show it part by part?
Here’s an attempt to do it.
First, let’s talk about the costs. In today’s market-maniac world, that’s perhaps essential: to know the costs to live.
Okay. Let’s see.
Cost1 or C1 is a product of all these factors, and I’m putting them together as they should be.
C1 = Earning Education x Earning Experience x Building a new life in an old land and in a new land x Winning Relationship x Building Family x Making Friends x Winning Praises and Rewards x Accomplishments x Achievements x Finding Coworkers x Keeping Supporters x Sustaining Sympathizers x Creativity x Activism x Critical thinking x Organizing x Making people think differently
[That's Equation Two]
In short, C1 is the total product of all the good things that you earn, gain, develop, nurture and refine — because you want to do it.
In short, C1 is the total product of positive things I built in life — things that made me nice, happy and smile.
Cost2 or C2 on the other hand is the total product of almost the opposite things you find in C1. Here they are.
C2 = Spending experience* x Spending education* x Loss of lives that directly impacted me x Loss of hopes x Sacrifices I was forced to make because of leaving behind my family, friends and society x Loss of friends x Lost and betrayed relationships x Insults x Injuries x Loss of stability x Stress x Anxiety x Fear x Physical and Emotional Abuse x cheating by establishments
[That's Equation Three]
In short, C2 is the total product of negative things impacted my life — things that made me ugly, crabby and sad. The Mr. Hyde in me — that I often talk about.
(But look at the elements with an asterisk * — i.e., spending experience and education — these are not necessarily negative. We might say these are “necessary evils.” You must spend some to gain some.)
Now, for the math buffs out there, you might immediately find a fallacy in Equation Two and Three. The fallacy is, things that I built (or won) and things that I lost (or destroyed) are really inversely proportional to each other. In other words, spending experience (from C2) is really inversely proportional to earning experience (from C1 ).
Like, spending experience = 1/earning experience.
Another example would be, losing friends or family members is inversely proportional to making friends and building family. A third example would be rewards and praises: are they just the opposite of insults and abuses?
Like, rewards and praises = 1/insults and abuses.
So, in other words, people might say, it’s total fallacy, because C1 essentially crosses C2 out, and therefore, we end up with a cliché or conundrum, which is T = m. Time of life = Money in life.
You might say, what new did you teach us? We always knew that “Time IS Money!”
You made a good point. But unfortunately, you are wrong.
[You, at this point perhaps a little irked]: Show me I am wrong. I’ve been very patient so far.
Yes, that you have, indeed. Thank you.
Well, wait a minute then. Let me explain.
See, you need to find the end result of those multiplication products. I’ll give you an example. In my life…in anybody’s life…spending education cannot be exactly inversely proportional to earning education; do we use all the education we gain, ever? Of course, we might say, we never really “spend” education — that is one treasure in life that we can never run out of how much ever we use it. But that’s too much philosophy. My philosophy here in these formulas is much simpler: this is a philosophy you can touch, taste and smell. It’s real. There is nothing abstract about it.
Similarly, you see, earned rewards, praises, promotions and compliments are not exactly the same amount you lose by being insulted, injured, or physically and mentally abused. Again, you need to see the end result of the product: do you have more insults and abuses than rewards and compliments? Or, do you have more on the plus side of the equation? You find out. You are the ultimate judge.
I won’t take too much of your time. You’ve been very patient.
Therefore, at the end of the day, it all boils down to this.
T or total time of my life = Total Money involved in my life X Total product of Cost1 elements X Total product of Cost2 elements.
I think it is a very fair, balanced, realistic and simple formula to summarize my life. I really do.
I would ask you to test this formula in your life’s situation. See if it works for you too. If it does, then it’s a universal formula – irrespective of man’s economic or social class, caste, race, nationality, religion, lifestyle choice or color.
I have every reason to believe my formula would prove to be universal.
I’ll let you decide on the other, possible mathematical and scientific aspects of the formula.
Remember, T sits on the left hand side of the equation. Time of life is the most important determinant here. All the other aspects of life – including the so-called all-important money in today’s world – sit on the right hand side (the variable side).
T is the absolute truth here. Whatever way you come up with your own measurement of T for your own life, it’s going to be an absolute truth – for you.
Everything else is there to help calculate our total time of life.
That’s the ultimate message here. From me.
I hope I came across nice, simple and clear with that message.
Thanks for brainstorming with me. It’s been fun.
Thank you, Sir Albert. You’ve been quite an inspiration. You brought out a mini-Einstein in me. That’s incredible, given where I was and where I am now!
Wow! So gratified!
Post Script. — I also doubled checked on the qualitative applicability of the equation by trying its various possible forms. Like, if Time = Money X Costs, then Costs = Time/Money. Also, Money = Time/Costs. Think about it: all the various possible forms actually work quite well.
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