Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Suicide and Mathematics

You can win an argument from a lady(some probability) but its difficult to surpass the innocence and intelligence of the kids. I have a fascination about Forensic anthropology or criminology. I can think of the most gruesome plot to a very simple murder spree. But while discussing on some of the very fundamental things with my 11 years old nephew, i accepted the defeat today.

It all started with

a news on the paper "husband committed suicide after killing wife and kids" . My nephew asked " Machoo, what is suicide ?".

I thought for a while and replied " When people have lots of problems and they don't know how to solve them, Suicide becomes a generic solution for their problem ".

He replied "Why don't they give their problems to others to solve and then they don't need this suicide kind of thing".

I was thinking "how ignorant this kid is, he doesn't know about the brutality of life ", but replied calmly " no beta ji, we can't give our problems to others and why will others solve our problems. Everyone's life is filled with problems, so all are busy with their own lives and their own worries ".

He replied " Its not fair, i think we can just give it to others".

I asked "Ok, dude so if you mean we should share, then i agree. Sometimes just speaking out help us, but its not that others will solve our problems".

He replied " Machu, you know people should learn from Mathematics " .

I interrupted him "learn from mathematics or learn mathematics , do you mean Mathematics is more complex than the problems of life".

He emphasized "I said 'Learn from mathematics'. Mathematics has tons of problems from first grade till my fifth grade and i heard we will keep on solving its problems till tenth standard, but does mathematics commit suicide. No, it just gives its problems to others to solve and live happily ..!!"

I closed my eyes and slept for half an hour to absorb that whole thought.