THE COMMON DENOMINATOR

When I was in the 5th grade we were taught fractions which seemed very complicated to me particularly adding or subtracting them because it required finding the lowest common denominator…it involved a process of thinking and playing with numbers until we found a number which could be divided by each numerator…this a difficult task for a young mind and it took a long time for me to master.

However when it became easy,I began to realize what a truly remarkable tool it was and sensed that there was something magical about it…and so wondered if it was useful in understanding life’s problems…I don’t ever remember using calculations of fractions in my every day life…but as I thought about it I realized just about everything else in life has a common denominator…or it could be said everything has something in common with each other.

But for some reason it is easier for us to identify the numerator and ignore the common denominator as if it didn’t exist…the separate and isolated numerator becomes our preoccupation while its relationship with the underlying denominator becomes irrelevant…the goal in life seems to be to succeed in finding bigger and better numerators while the key to the nature of life is in the interrelated denominator.

Is our alienation and irrational behavior a result of not seeing the big picture offered by the common denominator?…would it give us the common sense we need and only seen in the big picture?…was the importance of our early instructions in the common denominator really for that reason and not for us to become calculating machines?

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