Even 1 + 1 Is Not Absolute

When friends come together for a reunion, they chat about lots of things such as childhood memories, school teachers and friends, business, politics, philosophy … you name it. Most of them are family people with kids now, and they can really feel how time flies. Some of them used to be angry with each other over small matters they considered very important back then in school, but now they laugh about them and realize how silly they had been. The following is a little piece of their conversations.

Friend A : “My old man used to tell me that everything in this world is relative. You may find one thing interesting, whereas other people may find it just so so or even boring. Everyone is right as well as wrong since everyone has his subjective point of view. Over time I seem to ever see the truth in his words. That’s why tolerance and understanding are needed otherwise people will always be in dispute and there will be no peace on earth. We need to understand that nothing in this world is absolute.”

Friend B : “You have a point there. The only absolute thing is probably 1 + 1 = 2 ha ha ha.”
Friend C : “There is nothing relative about that for sure, just like 1 – 1 = 0 ha ha ha.”
Friend A , smiling : “Even those are relative my friends. There are conditions where 1 + 1 is not 2, and 1 – 1 is not 0.”

Friend B and Friend C : ? ? ?
Friend A : “1 apple + 1 apple = 2 apples there’s no argument about that. 1 person + 1 person however can become more than 2 people. A husband and a wife get together will only become 2 people if they don’t have kids. If they have kids then 1 + 1 would at least be 3.”
Friend B : “I see your point, 1 male dog + 1 female dog could give birth to 4 little dogs. In this case 1 + 1 = 6 ha ha ha.”

Friend C : “What is the example that shows 1 – 1 is not 0?”
Friend A : “Say we have 1 idea each. Should I give my idea to you, I do not end up having zero idea. So in my case 1 – 1 = 1 because I don’t lose my idea by giving it to you.”
Friend C : “Good point A. It’s true giving or sharing our ideas do not reduce the ideas we originally have. In fact if all of us give and share ideas to each other, each of us will end up richer in ideas. We should do this everyday.”

They all laugh.

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