when is 2 irrational?

When your judgment is questioned, there is

  • a sudden slight bracing of the shoulders
  • a heaviness in the stomach
  • a heat that burns beneath the cheekbones
  • a sensation that every hair follicle is alert
  • a disgust

Judgments based on deeply held beliefs rooted in an understanding of religious texts are especially terrifying. Unless . . .

You shift the paradigm.

You see the question as an opportunity to address fears: the fear of becoming corrupt and also being silenced.

Fear is divisive, stoked by a belief that only 2 sides are possible. The existence of a differing viewpoint is like a piece of rotting meat spoiling an entire case of meat.

Rather, by placing a square root sign over the 2–which asks the question, “What number times itself equals 2?”–you transform a simple concept into one that is much more complex–intriguing, worth exploration, ongoing.

Accepting that two can be more than a dichotomy points to the extraordinary hiding in plain sight.

The best of all possible outcomes is a shared wonder at what two has to offer.

Where can the square of 2 be found most famously? In a hypotenuse (the longest side of a right triangle). Don’t even get me started on the Pythagorean Theorem. 😆

About jaclynfre

Recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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2 Responses to when is 2 irrational?

  1. cmargocs says:

    Oh, the connections today, as I struggle with a difference of opinion and used math in my poetry today! I like your use of divisive and square root–clever!

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I really leaned into my Asian stereotype today with the math reference, but I was not a math major. Actually, I think it has helped me appreciate math more as an adult since I’m discovering on my own some of its wonder. All the best with your difference of opinion. Exhausting. 🙂

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