Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Inspirational Math

"I read something today that claims to be a Japanese proverb," I said.

"What is it?" Eli 16.3 asked.

"Fall seven times, get up eight," I said. "Pretty inspirational."

"Hmm," Eli said, thinking. "That doesn't make sense."


"Well, if you fall down seven times, and get up seven times--"

"You're already standing," I said.

"Exactly," he said. "So what's the extra 'get up' for? How do you get up when you're already standing?"

"Maybe you have to stand up first?" I said. "So falling down isn't the first move here, possibly. It's standing up."

"Too confusing," he said.

"Inspiration withdrawn," I said.

Have to get the math right if you want to inspire, proverbs.

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