Bumper Sticker On Fractions
Larry Lilly's Letter Friday April 21, 2006
I saw a bumper sticker the other day and I fail to see the humor in it. I found it demeaning to those of us who are as at least as challenged as Einstein in common math. Take my word for it, there are millions, if not billions of us. Math is a strange animal, and of course we now know that "Al ge bra" is a major weapon of international terrorists.
The uncouth, demeaning and hurtful bumper sticker:
"4 out of 3 people have trouble with fractions."
If you fail to see the humor in this statement, you like me, are in the majority as four is always more than three, unless of course you are working an algebraic problem. I failed Semitic Language, so I know the terror of algebraic problems.
I wonder how many well meaning egg heads found or made opportunity to talk to the driver of today's auto and point out his mistake? And I wonder what fraction of those morons understood the true message of the bumper sticker? Would you believe 6 out of 5?
For some reason known only to God, women are better at fractions than most men. If you doubt my assertion, I dare you to watch some little (or large) mother, tending to three children, pushing two fully overloaded grocery carts through a check out line at the local grocery store. While taking the necessary precautions to assure the children are not kidnapped, that they do no mayhem to each other and that they do not pilfer some of the literary gems at the conveyor, keep a running balance of the cost of each item verses the actual cash in her knock off Gucci purse or even more awesome, her check register, which she will reconcile while you prayerful and patiently wait to pay for your pound of coffee. Single mothers seem to be more adept at this than are women with husbands. I assume the situation demands it as there is no one to flash doe eyes at and get more of the coin of the realm.
Most people in positions of leadership in the field of athletics have no idea of the reality of fractions. Their insistence on the members of teams giving 110% seems a little unlikely. Most people, even athletes are only going to give 100% and thereby save 25% percent. Salesmen and clergy are required to give 125%. This is fair as both groups are fully aware of their utter dependence on Almighty God for sustenance in daily living.
In the less than one minute it has taken most of my readers to get this far, surely you are asking. 'What is the point in all of this?' I assure you a deep spiritual, biblical lesson is about to explode in at least a fraction of your brain, in some cases the entire mass, as you have used up three, maybe even five minutes to this point.
Are you ready?
At least 4 out of 3 people who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus will not go to heaven. And 6 out of 5 who sin will not get away with it.
Larry Lilly Copyright © 2006 Use with credit.
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