Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Contrasting Colors

I wrote that a long time ago, and I'm not sure I agree with it anymore. Real life isn't like a math problem, where there is a true answer and everything else is wrong. And in fact math problems aren't always that clear, either. Sometimes a solution will give two different answers (or more!) that are true for the given equation, but maybe not true depending on the circumstances behind the equation. If t stands for time, then numbers relying on a negative value of t cannot be used. For distances, negative values of length cannot be used; negative values of position are completely valid. Imaginary numbers are always invalid, unless of course you're dealing with Electrical Engineering and Second- or Third- or Whateverother-Degree Circuits. Values outside the allowable range are useless unless otherwise specified.
There may be rules for solving the actual problem, but there are no rules for how to interpret the answers once you get them.
In short, there really isn't a definite right and wrong answer for anything. Some answers may be more right or more wrong than others, but who really has the right to say which ones? It's all about where you stand, what your morals are, what you find important... and what point of view you're looking at things from.
So is there a definite answer to anything? No, not really. No definite answers. Just a whole lot of guesswork, and plain dumb luck I suppose. Beyond that? I have no idea. I really have no idea.
What is "right," anyway? What is "good"? What is "moral"?
Those are the questions. And I don't have the right to answer them.



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