the arithmetic of non-violence

Elementary math lessons seem to include simple

problems of adding or subtracting apples

fight for peace and the result is always more fighting

it’s the simple sum of an apple plus an apple,

no matter the color: red, yellow, green

or variety: Spartan, Gravenstein, Empire…

Non-violence is a zero quantity of aggression,

a non-apple that adds absolutely nothing.

Take the acute problem, divide it by non-violence;

the fracture now has no meaning.

The origin of negotiations is never a factor;

the product will always be the same: 3 x 0 = 0, 0 x 3 = 0.

When the great fractal power of zero multiplies,

it will foil even the largest empire of irrational numbers.

~Charles Fischer