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Jess (hopstick) wrote,
@ 2008-06-07 20:56:00
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    He was thinking of the equation for happiness as he headed to the office. One of the tenets of his breakthrough - H = R/E, or happiness equals reality divided by expectation- was based on the universal truth that you always had some expectation for what was to come. In other words, E was always a real number, since you could not divide by zero. But recently, he wondered about the truth of that. Math could only take a man so far. In the middle of the night, when he was wide awake and staring up at the ceiling, knowing that his wife lay beside him pretending to be asleep and doing the very same thing. Lewis had come to believe that you might be conditioned to expect absolutely nothing from one's life. That way, when you lost your first son, you didn't grieve. When your second son is jailed for a massacre, you were not shattered. You could divide by zero; it felt like a canyon where your heart used to be.


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oh_jessika
2008-06-07 21:14 (link)
Where is this from?
Cause I find it strangely beautiful.
:)

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hopstick
2008-06-07 21:16 (link)
ah! it's from the book "Ninteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult

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