I use this simile lightly because the truth I have come to bear about mathematics is quite the opposite. I had been taught for so long this golden rule of algebra: What is done to one side must be done to the other to conserve equality. My studies in even the simplest forms of philosophy (which is ironically the twin sister of math) have me picketing against this very rule. Yet, the intricate beauty of this rule is taught from day one and onward.
Upon reaching where I have in my studies, I have come to believe this great, unchangeable rule is a great, big fallacy. We are wrong! Like Newton, our models are accurate, yet our fundamental understanding is missing a fundamental truth and it is all based on this single immutable idea placed in us during the very birth of our careers in math.
This piece, this incredibly incepted lie, lays seed to more destruction than my heart can take.
This inception has produced a society in which nothing can be free. Certainly I am not naive enough to think that anything truly is-- even the sun has limits on the total energy it can produce, the earth as well has limits on the bounties it can provide, but there is a rejuvenating, growing element woven into the fabric of the universe that we ignore with this rigorously simple algebraic mentality. At one point, the cost of farming the earth for food was a considerable endeavor, yet this unique element has seen birth of technology to eliminate want for a negligent cost. Yet still we follow this vengeant rule for the gain of a few.
Ask a mathematician what dissonance plus harmony equals. The answer is dissonance. Ask a musician and they will tell you that in the right circumstances a little dissonance can create a well of intense beauty enough to bring complete strangers to their knees in tears. This is the element of which I speak. This spirit that transcends our natural laws and allows one plus one to equal the infinite of love-- this spirit is lost when we think mathematically without being taught the true true of mathematics.
The truth of mathematics is that math is not a left-brained science. It is a right brained art that needs the left brain to function correctly. Find that balance, embrace that spirit, and you will not need me to show you how to find infinite with yourself and zero.