Validating emotions is quite a difficult task. There is no fixed algorithm to find out the way we react to things. Not every time, our emotional responses follow the logic.  If somebody asks you, “Is 2+2=4”, our immediate response to the question would be of course “Yes”.  And we would wonder what sort of question is this.

But actually, 2+2 is not equal to 4.

Let us take a simple example of Cricket game.  Consider two scenarios-


  1. When a batsman hits a boundary and blocks the next ball
  2. The same batsman takes two 2 runs


The output for both the actions would be 4 runs in 2 balls.

Mathematically the result would be the same, as far as the team, game and the score is concerned.

But the emotional response to both the actions is very different. A block and a boundary is quite different from 2+2. There is an emotional meaning to the ball crossing the line.

Suppose the batsman scores 3 boundaries in an over, the batsman is on fire and the over looks very interesting to us.

On the other hand, if the batsman scores six 2 runs, that particular over looks boring to us. Whereas the result, in this case, is also the same.

The output for both the scenarios is 12 runs in one over. But our reactions to both the cases are different.

Logically speaking, it looks senseless. But that is the way, we react. Cricket was just an example taken, there are many instances in our lives, where we react differently to situations, the output could be the same, but the manner and approach are different.

So, now when some asks you, “Is 2+2=4”, what will be your answer?


Originally Published on: Learning Curve